A Beginners Guide to Certification

What is Certification?

ISO stands for the International Standards Organisation. It is made up of 50 member countries around the world. Organisations have standards to show that they have certain procedures in place to ensure conformity when producing a product or service. There are several different standards that you may want to choose from. Some cover environmental issues (ISO 14001) and our most popular one covers quality management (ISO 9001).

Does my company need it?

Not all companies have ISO certification, however larger companies and governing bodies require them in order to negotiate new business. They are often seen as looking ‘good’, as they illustrate a company’s dedication and conformity to the certification guidelines. Some customers will specifically look to see if a certain supplier has ISO certification.

How do I go about getting it?

We are a company with a small team of highly trained and experienced auditors, who can answer any question you may have on the certification process. For more information please see our guide to the ISO Certification Process.

How long will it take?

That all depends on when you need it by. If it is urgent, we could have certification in place in less than 30 days, however this means working closely with one of your own team. Certificates do have a ‘use by’ date depending on which standard you have. You will have an annual audit in order to remain compliant, so it is not something that you can buy as a one off purchase.

If you do have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We also answer a lot of questions on our FAQs page, which can be visited here ISO Certification FAQ’s

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