ISO certification

Definition of the term (“What does ISO certification mean?”) 

The ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on is a pro­ce­du­re that ser­ves the pur­po­se of de­mons­t­ra­ting com­pli­ance with cer­tain re­qui­re­ments. For ex­am­p­le, ISO 9001 spe­ci­fies which re­qui­re­ments need to be met when im­ple­men­ting a ho­li­sti­cal­ly re­co­gni­zed qua­li­ty ma­nage­ment sys­tem in a com­pa­ny. This ser­ves as ge­ne­ral­ly va­lid pro­of for cus­to­mers and sup­pli­ers that the exis­ting in­ter­nal qua­li­ty ma­nage­ment ba­sed on the ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on has been suc­cessful­ly and ful­ly im­ple­men­ted wi­thin the company.

What is ISO?

The In­ter­na­tio­nal Or­ga­niza­ti­on for Stan­dar­diza­ti­on (ISO) is an in­de­pen­dent or­ga­niza­ti­on that de­ve­lo­ps and pu­blishes in­ter­na­tio­nal stan­dards. The­se stan­dards co­ver a wide ran­ge of are­as, in­clu­ding qua­li­ty ma­nage­ment, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, in­for­ma­ti­on se­cu­ri­ty, and more.

Why is ISO important?

ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­ons are of cru­cial si­gni­fi­can­ce for com­pa­nies as they crea­te trust among cus­to­mers, part­ners and stake­hol­ders. They show that a com­pa­ny meets cer­tain qua­li­ty stan­dards and is com­mit­ted to main­tai­ning them.

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Our di­gi­tiza­ti­on so­lu­ti­ons pri­ma­ri­ly ad­dress do­cu­ment-ba­sed pro­ces­ses in ma­nu­fac­tu­ring, pro­duc­tion and qua­li­ty ma­nage­ment. The ba­sis of the dls | eQMS is a ho­li­stic ECM/DMS sys­tem. The ECM/DMS sys­tem can be con­nec­ted to your exis­ting ERP sys­tem (e.g. SAP) and, thus, map al­most all do­cu­ment-ba­sed pro­ces­ses in the company.

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What are the types of ISO certifications?

The­re are dif­fe­rent ty­pes of ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­ons that can be sel­ec­ted de­pen­ding on a company’s needs and goals. Here are some of the most common:

ISO 9001: Qua­li­ty ma­nage­ment
The ISO 9001 cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on sets stan­dards for qua­li­ty ma­nage­ment pro­ces­ses. It helps com­pa­nies im­pro­ve their qua­li­ty assu­rance and meet cus­to­mer requirements.

ISO 14001: En­vi­ron­men­tal ma­nage­ment
This cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on fo­cu­ses on en­vi­ron­men­tal aspects and helps com­pa­nies to im­ple­ment en­vi­ron­ment-fri­end­ly prac­ti­ces and re­du­ce en­vi­ron­men­tal impacts.

ISO 27001: In­for­ma­ti­on Se­cu­ri­ty Ma­nage­ment
The ISO 27001 cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on aims to en­su­re in­for­ma­ti­on se­cu­ri­ty in or­ga­niza­ti­ons in or­der to pro­tect sen­si­ti­ve data from threats.

How to obtain an ISO certification? 

The ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on is im­ple­men­ted by an in­de­pen­dent cer­ti­fy­ing com­pa­ny in or­der to gua­ran­tee in­de­pen­dent pro­of of the com­pre­hen­si­ve im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of all re­qui­re­ments. In ad­di­ti­on, it ta­kes place on the ba­sis of an au­dit in which all the are­as of re­spon­si­bi­li­ty con­cer­ned are ex­ami­ned in detail.

Using ISO 9001 cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on as an ex­am­p­le, the pro­cess looks as follows :

  • In the first stage of the cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on au­dit, a tho­rough do­cu­ment re­view and eva­lua­ti­on of the com­pa­ny site ta­kes place in or­der to de­ter­mi­ne the de­gree of com­pli­ance with the stan­dard and the po­ten­ti­al need for op­ti­miza­ti­on pri­or to the ac­tu­al au­dit .
  • In a se­cond stage, it is che­cked whe­ther all do­cu­ments are in ac­cordance with ISO 9001… and the in­di­vi­du­al re­qui­re­ments. Fi­nal­ly, the re­sults of the cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on au­dit are re­cor­ded in an au­dit re­port in which any non-con­for­mi­ties and the au­dit pro­cess can be found .

Once the ISO 9001 cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on has been suc­cessful­ly com­ple­ted, a cer­ti­fi­ca­te is is­sued which can con­firm the con­for­mi­ty of the QM sys­tem at any time .

What are the benefits of an ISO certification? 

The ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on acts as a pro­of that the qua­li­ty ma­nage­ment sys­tem is up-to-date and meets all re­qui­re­ments. Fur­ther­mo­re, it in­crea­ses the com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness of a com­pa­ny and also sets a mi­ni­mum standard.

Other be­ne­fits  include:

  • Crea­ti­on of le­gal conformity
  • Im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of a qua­li­ty ma­nage­ment sys­tem that es­tab­lishes re­gu­la­ted pro­ces­ses, de­fi­nes ro­les and re­spon­si­bi­li­ties, and com­mits the com­pa­ny to im­pro­ving pro­ces­ses and in­cre­asing pro­cess performance
  • Con­veys a trans­pa­ren­cy for the customer
  • Au­dit re­sults can be an ad­van­ta­ge over com­pe­ti­tors in terms of cus­to­mer sup­pli­er selection 
  • Is of­ten fi­nan­ci­al­ly sup­port­ed by the Fe­de­ral Of­fice for Eco­no­mic Af­fairs and Ex­port Control

Conclusion

The ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on is a powerful tool for com­pa­nies to en­su­re qua­li­ty assu­rance and com­pli­ance. It of­fers num­e­rous be­ne­fits and is a sign of com­mit­ment and ex­cel­lence. If your com­pa­ny is not yet cer­ti­fied, you should con­sider ta­king this im­portant step.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on is best for my com­pa­ny?
The best ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on de­pends on your company’s goals and needs. A con­sul­ta­ti­on with an ex­pert can help to make the right choice.

How long does the ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on pro­cess take?
The du­ra­ti­on may vary de­pen­ding on the com­pa­ny and ISO stan­dard. Ho­we­ver, it usual­ly ta­kes se­ve­ral months.

Does my com­pa­ny need to be re-cer­ti­fied every year?
Yes, most ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­ons re­qui­re an­nu­al re­views to en­su­re compliance.

Does ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on only ap­p­ly to lar­ge com­pa­nies?
No, ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­ons are re­le­vant for com­pa­nies of all si­zes and industries.

How do I find a sui­ta­ble ISO au­di­tor?
You can search for ac­cre­di­ted ISO au­di­tors or cont­act a cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on body for recommendations.

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