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Certificates that prove compliance with the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) standards are sought by businesses all over the world. While the process towards achieving certification status can be challenging, time consuming and expensive, it provides a myriad of benefits to any business.
The International Organization for Standardization, or The ISO, develops, writes and publishes standards. The ISO was established in 1947, and is the largest publisher of voluntary international standards in the world – having published over 21,000 standards. The organisation is comprised of a series of industry experts and professional engineers with extensive experience and studies in their respective fields. The ISO researches, writes and publishes sets of industry standards to promote quality and innovation. Their standards are voluntary, but they are world renowned and respected for their effectiveness. It’s important to note that The ISO plays no role in the auditing and certifying process.
There are many benefits to obtaining an ISO certification for your business. These will depend on what standard/s your business is certified to. Here is a general picture of what you can expect:
The ISO 9000 family of standards concern quality management and provide guidance and tools for companies and organisations who want to ensure their products continually meet customer’s requirements.
This family of standards provides practical tools for those companies looking to manage their environmental responsibilities, providing clear requirements that need to be met.
This new standard is being developed to reduce the burden of occupational injuries and diseases by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create a safer working environment.
This standard supports organisations to be more energy efficient through the development of an energy management system.
You can purchase ISO standards from the ISO member in your country. Each country has a contributor to the ISO network. For example, in Australia it is Standards Australia (SA). Their main responsibility is the development and adoption of standards in Australia, however they do not enforce, regulate or certify compliance with ISO standards.
Your representative member for the ISO can direct you to a distributor who sells standards.
Getting an accredited ISO certification is a thorough process and can therefore take time, and the process of implementing measures to ensure your compliance will vary significantly depending on what your business is and which ISO standard you’re hoping to be awarded.
Here is a general overview: