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An ISO Certification is Management System Certification of any Single ISO Standard (i.e ISO 9001) or Multiple standard Management System Certification together (i.e ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 etc so on) -There are many contractual ISO Standards which is published by International Organization for Standardization (ISO). These Contractual Standards are ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 22000, ISO 27001, ISO 13485 etc and many more. Which are being adopted by the organization for implementation and ISO Certification. These Standards are the contractual standards. Developed by Technical committee members of International Organization for Standardization. These ISO Standards adherence to the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles in the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). Where each ISO Standard has their own specific purpose for use in the organization for ISO Certification. All the requirements provided in the Management System Standards are in generic in nature, that is it can be adopted for implementation by any type, size of the organization irrespective of their nature of activities. for Example, you can see below the purpose of different ISO Standards are given below
ISO 9001 :2015 Standard – it is a Quality Management System Standard (QMS) – The objective of this standards is that when organization adopt for implementation to improve the overall performance of the organization, enhance the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer, applicable statutory & regulatory requirements and to enhance customer satisfaction
ISO 14001:2015 Standard– it is an Environmental Management System Standard (EMS)– The objective of this Standard is that when organization adopt for implementation to provide a framework for environmental protection, improve environmental performance and compliance obligation (applicable Legal Requirement)
ISO 45001:2018 Standard – it is an Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard (OHSMS) — The objective of this Standard is that when organization adopt for implementation to provide framework for managing OH&S risks and opportunities, prevent work-related injury and ill health to workers and to provide safe and healthy workplaces.
ISO 22000:2018 Standard – it is a Food Safety Management System Standard (FSMS) – The objective of this Standard is that when organization adopt for implementation to improve overall performance in food safety and ability to consistently provide safe foods and products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
ISO 27001:2013 Standard – it is an Information security management systems (ISMS)
The objective of this Standard is that when organization adopt for implementation by using a risk management process, it ensures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information while also assuring interested parties that risks are adequately managed and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements are met.
Implement the Management System (QMS/EMS/OHSMS/OHSAS/FSMS/ISMS) in the organization – apply to certification body for ISO certification in India and provide the necessary information about the organization – Name of Organization, certification required, Scope of certification, Number of Employees, and the process involved, etc.
After receipt of information from applicant organization the CAB – conduct the Application review to find-out the Audit Mandays required for ISO certification and Audit Team competency required. After Evaluation of Audit Mandays, Audit team Selection, and Tentative date of onsite Audit. The CAB sends the information to the Applicant organization for acceptance of Audit Team & onsite Audit date. After receipt of consent from the Applicant organization, the CAB plans for onsite Audit.
Initial certification the Audit is carried out in two-stage- Stage-1 Audit & Stage-2 Audit.
Stage-1 Audit is a document review Audit shall be conducted at the Client site to verify the preparedness of Stage-2 Audit. After the Stage-1 Audit the Audit team Leader – either Recommend the Client Management System for Stage-2 Audit or Decline the Recommendations for Stage -2 Audits. In case of Recommendation for Stage-2 Audit – the CAB shall re-send the Audit plan and schedule for Stage-2 Audit to Client organization for acceptance. In case of Decline of Recommendation of Stage-2 Audit (After Stage-1 Audit) – The Client organization need to further take the corrective & preventive action of Audit findings and after the Implementation of CAPA the client organization further contact certification body to carry out the Stage-1 Audit.
The Stage-2 Audit is conducted at the client site to verify the compliance implemented management system. The Stage-2 Audit is full certification Audit – during the Audit, the Audit team shall verify the entire management system and its compliance. After the completion of Audit, the Audit team leader may recommend the Client’s Management System for QMS/EMS/OHSMS/OHSAS/FSMS/ISMS Certification or Decline the Recommendations for ISO certification. The decision of recommendations for certification shall be made based on Audit findings & conclusion.
After the Recommendation of QMS/EMS/OHSMS/OHSAS/FSMS/ISMS certification, the Audit Team Leader shall submit the Audit report to CAB for Review of Client Audit File.
The review of the Audit file shall be carried out by an independent competent person, those who are not involved in Onsite Audit of Same Client organization. After the review of the Audit file – the ISO certification decision shall be made by CAB for the Issue of certificate or not to issue the certificate.
The same process shall be followed during the annual Surveillance Audit and Re-certification Audit.
As we know that every business organization have the common objective – to Run the business in profit consistently by meeting all the requirements. So, the Importance of ISO Certification it depends on the organization’s needs, although each Management System standard has its own importance. ISO Certification now a days it has becomes very much important of for the business organization – Because every organization wants to work in a systematic way to meet the goal of the organization and expectations of Legal & Regulatory requirements along with expectations of Customer. So, an ISO Certification provides the opportunity to organization for overall all enhancement the performance of the organization in all aspects i.e Commercial Benefits, Business opportunity, enhancement the compliance of applicable Legal, Regulatory & other requirement, Enhancement of Satisfaction of Customer and Stake holder of the organization.
In general practice, the CAB shall consider the following factors to derive Management system certification cost.
As explain above the Management system Certification procedure is same as Management system Certification process, but in short summary of the certification procedure are:-
It is a very common question to every organization, those who are looking for QMS/EMS/OHSAS/FSMS/ISMS certification. As explained above – Implement the Management system in the organization with the help of ISO consultant or its own. After the implementation of the Management system conduct the Internal Audit of the complete process and function of the organization covered in an implemented Management system. Close all the non-conformity found during Internal Audit by taking appropriate Corrective /preventive action. Conduct the Management review meeting. After conducting Internal Audit and Management review meeting apply to certification body for Management system Certification.
The certification body will conduct the Audit and based on Audit finding & conclusions – the CAB shall issue the certificate for the management System if the implemented management system is found to complying the requirements
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