What is ISO 9001?
ISO 9001 is an internationally recognized standard of quality. It is used by many organisations as a way to prove it has a sufficiently robust and mature set of systems and procedures, which are being followed. The ISO 9001 seal is recognized as a strong indication of consistency and reliability.
Who uses ISO 9001?
ISO 9001 is becoming a prerequisite for an ever-increasing number of state and federal government departments both within Australia and overseas. For Importers and exporters it is becoming an essential gauge of an established and reliable supplier. More and more governments overseas are using ISO 9001 as a form of regulation of importers.
ISO 9001 is the basis for many industry standards, such as the Feed Ingredients And Additives Association (FIAAA) as well as FSSC 22000. Almost any and every type of business, from general manufacturing to flight training schools to accountancies and training organisations can become ISO 9001 certified.
What does ISO 9001 cover?
ISO 9001, whilst still complex, is far more straight forward from the ISO introduced to many organisations 20 years ago that required a full time consultant for multiple years.
Through analysis of your strategic direction and a SWOT analysis of your markets and business, we are able to narrow the scope of your ISO certification to only what is required. Alternatively, we can write a fully integrated quality management system for multiple site use.
At QMS Audits, the basic guide is “Document what you do, then do what you have documented”. We do our best not to change the processes that are already in place – but we will offer recommendations if we think a process is lacking and could be improved.
How long does it take to become ISO 9001 accredited?
For small to medium size businesses we can usually set up the ISO 9001 system within a few weeks from the first day that we start working in your business. Once the processes are in place and your staff are comfortable using them, we then book in a certification body, such as SAI Global or Compass Assurance, to perform the audit. We try to keep the entire ISO certification process, including writing up the processes, as simple as possible.
If you are not sure which Certification Body to choose, we are happy to make a recommendation based on what you are trying to achieve and the maturity of your organization.
How often are ISO 9001 Audits?
Once certified, your business is required to have an annual surveillance audit, every three years a full audit is completed.
How can QMS Audits help you to prepare for ISO 9001 Accreditation?
At QMS Audits, we build straight forward quality management systems (QMS) for ISO 9001 certification for all types of businesses.
Where possible and if deemed suitable, we write work instructions up as standard work. At QMS Audits, we do this because they are simpler to read and understand. Standard work instructions also detail the reasons why we perform each step. It also means that they are more likely to be followed every day, not just during the audit.
We meet with you on a regular basis throughout the project to ensure we all agree on the next step.