Four Steps to ISO Certification

Is obtaining ISO certification a goal for your company this year? It’s not as daunting as it may seem – in fact, certification is really just a 4 step process. This infographic is an easy-to-understand road map of the process and the steps it takes to meet each milestone.

  1. Document your management system

Identify your core or business processes.
Develop documentation that meets your business needs. (Policy statements, objectives, manuals, work instructions, job descriptions, forms.)
Encourage employees to help develop documents to build ownership and awareness.
Review, approve and distribute the documents to those who need access to the information.

  1. Implement your system

Ensure procedures are being performed as documented.
Ensure employees are trained properly for the tasks they are performing.
Create effective reporting systems.
Monitor the effectiveness of your processes through the use of measurable data, where possible.
Review and take action to improve in the areas required.

  1. Verify that your system is effective

Plan internal auditing activities.
Conduct audit and review for compliance and effectiveness. Observe processes in action, interview people and sample records.
Identify and report strengths and weaknesses of the management system.
Take corrective or preventive action as required.

  1. Register your system

Select the appropriate auditing body for external registration.
Submit your management system documentation for review to ensure it complies with the applicable standard.
Prepare for review by an external auditor to confirm that the system’s requirements are being satisfied and that the management system is implemented effectively.

From program inception to registration usually takes 8 to 18 months, with the average being 12 months. Once you have obtained certification, your organization must demonstrate though internal follow-up audits that the processes documented to bring your company into standards compliance are being followed.

Whether you are just beginning the certification process or looking for a partner for ongoing gap analysis and internal audit assistance, simpleQuE makes the process easier and more efficient. Contact us for a consult and see the difference that simpleQuE can bring to your quality management process.

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