A Complete Guide about ISO 9001 Certification for Beginner 

A Complete Guide about ISO 9001 Certification for beginner 

We are writing this blog for those organization, who are new about ISO 9001 Certification, ISO Certification process, ISO 9001 documentation requirements, Cost involve in ISO 9001 Certification benefits of ISO 9001 Certification and How to implement ISO 9001 Standard in the organization to get benefits of this QMS Standard for enhancement of overall performance of the organization.

So, in this blog – we will explain each and every point, so that any organization new to ISO 9001 Standard get complete Guide / knowledge about ISO 9001 Certification. This content may also add the value to the organization who wants to further upgrade their implemented QMS.

First of all, we will Explain about ISO 9001 Standard, so that the user organization at least have understanding about ISO 9001 Standard and Its Requirements. Which could help the organization take proper decision for adopting this standard in the organization and plan for ISO 9001 Certification.

What is ISO 9001 Certification Standard and why organization adopt this QMS standard in the organization as business practices?

ISO 9001:2015 Standard – It is a Quality Management System (QMS) Standard which was last published in year 2015 by international organization of Standardization (ISO) – The purpose of this ISO 9001:2015 Standard is to – enhance the customer satisfaction by consistent supply of products / services which meets the customer requirements along with applicable regulatory requirements (if any). 

This ISO 9001 Standard is a generic standard, any type / size of Business organization may choose to implement in the organization for enhancement of productivity of the organization, enhancement of customer satisfaction and applicable regulatory compliance.  The Basic concept of the ISO 9001 Standard is to apply the Process Approach, Risk-Based Thinking and continual Improvements (P-D-C-A). All together the requirements of ISO 9001 standard provided in QMS add the value to organization for overall enhancement of process performance and productivity – when the organization opt this standard for effective implementation.

Also, best part of this ISO 9001 standard is that – It is general business practices requirement, nothing is new in this ISO 9001 requirements – most of the requirements are very general – which are into practice by the organization – So while adopting the International Standard the organization has to only make the business practice in a systematic way to perform the business. The Systematic business practices as per ISO 9001 requirements add value to organization for enhancing the process performance, productivity enhancement and Customer satisfaction enhancement – Without any major changes or adding much more cost.

This all about ISO 9001 Standard and it propose, the above information may add value for understanding about ISO 9001 and why organization adopt ISO 9001 for implementation in the organization and further looking for getting ISO 9001 Certification.

How to implement ISO 9001 Standard in the organization to get benefits of this QMS Standard for enhancement of overall performance of the organization?

When the organization choose the ISO 9001 Standard for adopting in the organization as business practices. The First question comes to user organization How start the implement ISO 9001 requirements in the organization.  So now we are explained below how implement this ISO 9001 for optimum benefits to the organization. The Step- by – Step – Explanation for ISO 9001 Implementation is provided below as reference for any organization who are new to this QMS.

  • Develop the Understanding on ISO 9001 requirements – (By self-learning or by taking the training from any Expert)
  • Look in the current process and activities of the organization and do the benchmark comparison (ISO 9001 requirement VS current Practices) – Find out the Area which are not being practice in the organization – Take appropriate action to cover the requirement – Which may be – Development of SOP, Training, Record Keeping or change in Infrastructure, etc so on.  This is also Know as GAP analysis activities – Planning for ISO 9001 implementation (further for ISO 9001 Certification).
  • Identify the documents (SOP) required to Develop, Record Need to maintain, Training Need Identification, Policy & Objective of Organization etc, So on.
  • Identification Internal and External Issues of the organization – which are affective the performance of the organization and its Risk Analysis – As we know that  in every organization there are several issues -which are affective the performance of the organization – It is very common to every organization – But while implementing QMS –  it is advices to those issues – which are affecting the performance – May be some issues are within the organization -Known as Internal issues and some issues are external (not to the control of the organization ) External issues .  Some Examples of Internal Issue – Knowledge (Due to lack of proper knowledge of Customer requirements – Products are wrongly processed – cause – Rejection of Products at Customer End) – Example of External issues – Market Competition, Economic Conditions of Country – These are Types of Issue – which is not into control of the organization but it affecting the organization. So Likewise – The organization identify the Issues and do the proper Risk analysis and take appropriate action to reduce its significance, so that the performance of the organization can be improved.     

Any organization new to ISO 9001 implementation, can follow the above steps for implementation of QMS in the organization.

ISO 9001 Certification

 What are the documents required for ISO 9001 Certification?

As such there is no limit of Documents are record to be maintained in the organization for ISO 9001 Certification, It is all depends on the Nature, Activities, Products, process of the organization. As said above this ISO 9001 Standard is a general requirement for Quality Management System – which is applicable to all type / size of the organization. But Few are the documents and record are very much important for demonstrate the effective implement of ISO 9001 standard are given below (but it is not limited)

  • Quality Manual
  • Quality Policy & Objective
  • Role, Responsibility
  • SOP of the key process / Functions
  • Record of process Monitoring and measurements (as Each stage of process – such as In-coming, In-process and Final stage)
  • Record of Training
  • Record of Risk Analysis
  • Record of Customer Satisfaction
  • Record Internal Audit
  • Record of Management Review
  • Record of Non-Conformity

These are few documents & records (But not Limited) which at least required to be maintained in the organization on on-going basis to see the enhancement productivity and performance of the organization and same time to demonstrate the Compliance of ISO 9001 implementation and Certification.

What is Cost involving in ISO 9001 Certification?

It is really very basic question for any organization for thinking on the Cost of ISO 9001 Certification. So that the organization can plan it budget – It true thinking of organization prior to proceed further of ISO 9001 Certification.

As I have Explained above – prior to certification the organization must implement the ISO 9001:2015 Standard in the organization – So if the organization choosing the option for Self-Implementation, so in this case the cost Involved for Implementation -will not be an additional cost to organization.

Yes, for ISO Certification, the organization has to pay the cost of ISO 9001 Certification to Certification Body. Generally, the cost of ISO 9001 Certification charged by Certification Body is not fixed – it is derived based on the nature, activities, products of the organization. So, Some Certificate body charged – High, Some -Moderate and Some -Low – It depends on the Certification Body Policy, Procedures and it market Credibility.  But the organization has to do the proper market research while choosing the Certification Body of it’s ISO Certification, do not Run-away on Low Cost – First Look into market and see the it reputation and Credibility then Choose the Certification.  While Choosing the Certification Body – do not set criteria of Low Cost – First Looks it’s accreditation, Market Acceptability of It Certificate, ask – how to verify the Certificate Authenticity, how to verify the Certificate body accreditation, validity of Certification, etc, so on. Once the Certification Body selected Get the QUOTE to know the Cost of ISO 9001 Certification.

What are benefits of ISO 9001 Certification?

There are several benefits of ISO 9001 Certification, but few are most prominent benefits are

  • Enhancement of Process Performance
  • Enhancement of Customer Satisfaction
  • Enhancement of Potential Business opportunity
  • Enhancement Market Reputation and Credibility of the organization  

4 thoughts on “A Complete Guide about ISO 9001 Certification for Beginner 

  • July 13, 2022 at 11:26 am

    Nice post with perfect explanation for beginner about ISO 9001

  • July 13, 2022 at 11:51 am

    Just now read the your Blog , really , it is valuable post for my knowledge and understanding about ISO 9001 Standard and ISO 9001 Certification , This Blog gives me complete guide for ISO 9001 documentation , Implementation , Benefits of ISO 9001 Certification including understanding about Cost of ISO 9001 Certification . thank you very much , it helps me lots.

  • July 13, 2022 at 12:09 pm

    Nice information provided on iso 9001 certification


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