FAQs about ISO: 9001
ISO 9001 Certification is an independent / non-government international organisation. 21613 international standards have been published to date. These standards are not only suitable for large organisation's but also small businesses whom have benefited from adopting an effective and efficient Quality Management system, in turn reducing time and cost to any business by improving efficiency and productivity ultimately building and retaining customer business / relationships.
The ISO story began in London 1946 where 65 delegates from 25 countries met to discuss the future of International Standardisation. In 1947 ISO officially came into existence with 67 technical committees. (Group of experts focusing on a specific subject.)
Over the past 50 years ISO have developed into a family of standards that cover almost anything, from the plates we eat off to the Wi-Fi networks that connect us invisibly to each other.
By addressing these and more, International Standards mean consumers have the confidence that their products are safe, reliable and of excellent quality. ISO on the transport, Medical and cleaning are just a few that help make the world we live in a safer place.
ISO 9001:2015 is based on the plan-do-check-act methodology and provides a process based approach to documenting and reviewing the structure, responsibilities and procedures required to achieve effective quality management in an organisation.
Formally known as International Organisation for Standardization. ISO is derived from the Greek word “isos” meaning equal.
It is expected that conformity to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard will be evaluated by certification bodies during surveillance visits and that full re-assessment will only take place once current certificates expire, however, it should be noted that ISO have agreed that all certificates to ISO 9001 should be upgraded to ISO 9001:2015 within 2 years of publication of the amended standard. September 2018.