ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization. It is an Independent, non-government international organization with a membership of 165 national standards bodies which develop standards to ensure the quality, safety and efficiency of products and services. With ISO Standards, the consumers can have confidence that the products are safe, reliable and of good quality. The standards also serve to safeguard consumers that the certified products confirm to the minimum standards set internationally.
A certificate is a provision by an independent body of written assurance (a certificate) that the product, service or system in question meets specific requirements.
Certification can be a useful tool to add credibility, by demonstrating that your product or service meets the expectations of your customers. It is done by third party and tested annually.
ISO’s committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO) has produced a number of standards related to the certification process, which are used by certification bodies.
Different ISO certifications
ISO certification also contributes to a positive image for your company. An ISO 9001 certification demonstrates that you have a good grip on the quality of your products or services, an ISO 14001 certification shows that your organization considers environmental management of paramount importance, and an ISO 27001 certification demonstrates that your organization complies with the highest requirements for information security.
Benefits of ISO 9001 to your customers
The ISO 9001:2008/ISO 9001:2015 standard is recognized worldwide and your customers will understand the benefits of working with companies that are ISO 9001 certified. In fact, some of your customers will only do business with certified companies because it gives them assurance that you management systems are constantly assessed and approved.
They will know from experience that working with ISO 9001:2008/ISO 9001:2015 certified companies provides many advantages:
- Minimizes mistakes
- Improves reporting and communications
- Better quality products and service
- More reliable production scheduling and delivery
- Standards maintained by annual assessments
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