The ISO 9001 Quality Management System is the most recognisable QMS available in the world. As such it can be quite challenging to achieve due to the stringent requirements that any business needs to adhere to. In a nutshell, the ISO 9001 certification demonstrates that a company is utterly committed to supplying a product and meeting all customer requirements. This standard ultimately adds trust to any brand that carries it and also improves the satisfaction of customers significantly due to the higher levels of quality and organisation that result. This article looks to offer a quick summary and guide to this very important quality management system.
ISO 9001:2008 Registration
The ISO 9001 certification is best simplified by looking at the project as an eight prong approach. These steps can be tackled one by one as businesses look to streamline their operations and full the certification’s requirements. The first of which is to research the standard through a recognised provider or service. Tutorials are often available which will let you know exactly what is going to be required of you to successfully achieve ISO 9001 recognition.
As with many business operations, it will be prudent for you to perform a GAP analysis of your business. There is a specific ISO 9001 GAP analysis that you can perform and then report on to your peers. It may then be a good idea to turn this into a GAP checklist so you can ensure you are fulfilling all of the correct criteria.
Prepare a Project Plan
You can now effectively look to put a project plan together as you start to transform your business into an ISO friendly environment. Every member of the team can now move in the same direction and will know how they can contribute. Any new employees should also be trained with ISO 9001 in mind.
There will be a certain amount of documentation needed when trying to obtain an ISO 9001 certification so be sure to control this. There are ISO 9001 QMS templates available so look into acquiring these.
Implementation of ISO 9001
Once all of this careful planning and preparation has been undertaken, you can now think about actually applying ISO 9001 to your business model. Full training can be given to all employees as well as internal auditors.
If you have been successful, the ISO 9001 will require constant auditing and maintenance.