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What is ISO 9001?
ISO 9001:2015 is the international standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS).
More than one million of the world’s best organisations use the ISO 9001 Quality Management System. It shows that you are an ambitious business with a commitment to quality.
The standard provides a management framework to improve business practices and helps you to provide services and products that meet - and possibly exceed - your customers’ expectations.
Being certified shows that you follow best international practices and can be trusted to do business with. This helps you to get on ‘preferred supplier’ lists. It’s often an essential requirement when tendering for new business, especially when bidding for work with larger organisations or the public sector.
The benefits run much deeper than winning new business. A Quality Management System impacts on every aspect of your organisation - cutting waste and costs, improving morale and efficiency.
Ultimately, ISO 9001 certification is for all ambitious organisations that are serious about quality and business success.
Why choose ISO 9001?
Help organisations to qualify for a tender or to achieve preferred supplier status.
Help attract new customers, particularly from larger companies.
Provide assurance that your organisation can demonstrate compliance with proven international business practices and appropriate standards.
Identify and either eliminate or mitigate risk.
Shows commitment and the right attitude to providing a high level of customer satisfaction and willingness to improve efficiency.
Demonstrates the existence of an effective quality management system that satisfies the rigours of an independent, external audit.
Will boost your organisation’s brand reputation and can be a useful promotional tool, especially when going up against competitors who aren’t certified.
Make sure your ISO 9001 certificate is UKAS accredited
Not all certificates are equal. You need to make sure your certificate is issued by a body that has been accredited by the government-recognised United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
A UKAS accredited certification body like ISOQAR undergoes regular rigorous inspections by UKAS to check we are operating to the highest standards.
This means that when you hold a certificate from a UKAS accredited body, you can be sure it’s more meaningful. Certificates that are issued by bodies which are not UKAS accredited are often not accepted.
UKAS accredited certificates are accepted across the world as evidence that you meet global standards of best practice.
Benefits of ISO 9001 Certification
Achieving certification is more than just a tick-boxing exercise. Achieving certification will also enhance your business' brand and reputation.
Requirements of ISO 9001 Certification
Before undertaking the certification process, it helps to understand the requirements your business will need to meet.
How to Implement
Implementing a Quality Management System is a simple and straightforward process with the help of Alcumus ISOQAR.
Why Choose Alcumus ISOQAR for Your Certification?
If you’re new to certification, our business development team is on hand to take your calls and explain the steps to certification.
You can also read our Route to Registration page, which clearly outlines the registration process in six simple steps.
Ahead of applying for certification, many organisations choose to carry out internal audits with the help of an external consultant.
You can search for a consultant based in your region through our IAN Database.
What Our Clients Say About Alcumus ISOQAR
Guide to the Requirements of ISO 9001:2015
A plain English introduction to the main clauses of ISO 9001
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