9 Steps ISO Certification
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STEP01 | MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE
MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICEThe first step for any organization is making sure that the standard you’ve chosen is the right fit for your organization.
STEP02 | REVIEWING THE STANDARD
REVIEWING THE STANDARDObtaining a copy of the standard can be useful to help you get started. Simply ask the company you hired to provide you with a PDF.
STEP03 | COMMUNICATING THE GOAL
COMMUNICATING THE GOALOngoing communication will be needed to ensure good habits are maintained throughout the process for you and the auditor.
STEP04 | ESTABLISH TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
ESTABLISH TRAINING REQUIREMENTSIf you are new to ISO standards, a training course can be provided to give the necessary skills to help in the implementation process. If you are experienced, a refresher course ensures you are current to the new standards.
STEP05 | USING A CONSULTANT
USING A CONSULTANTConsultants help advise on an implementation strategy and increase the value of the process. The use of a consultant doesn’t remove your responsibility for establishing and implementing your ISO management system.
STEP06 | DEVELOPING A MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
DEVELOPING A MANAGEMENT SYSTEMThe fundamental part of achieving certification to an ISO standard is forming a Management System. The Management System is formed of processes for management activities, provision of resources, production realization, measurement, analysis and improvement.
STEP07 | THE STAGE 1 AUDIT
THE STAGE 1 AUDITThis is when an auditor reviews your existing systems and provides you with a report which will identify the actions required to meet the standard. This can be used as a helpful action plan to ensure all requirements are met. Organizations find they already have a number of required processes in place, they just need better documentation and communication of what processes are mandatory and who has responsibility for what.
STEP08 | THE STAGE 2 AUDIT
THE STAGE 2 AUDITOnce your organization has completed the “Stage 1 Audit”, the auditor will schedule another visit to continue to the ‘Stage 2 Audit’. This will reveal the effectiveness of your management system and whether it meets all the standards. Once approved, you will receive your certification.
STEP09 | MAINTAINING YOUR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
MAINTAINING YOUR MANAGEMENT SYSTEMThe maintenance of your management system is where the hard work really starts. In-house communication and training should be carried out regularly to ensure ongoing protocol is being effective. Internal audits should also be carried out to ensure the requirements of the standard are continually met. Reviews should then be held to set out corrective actions as required.
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