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How Can You Get the Most from Your ISO9001:2008 Certification?

Though lots of people think this, the ISO9000 certification it is not merely an exercise in putting together documents for the auditor to see before giving the certification. ISO9001 If you ask those who have worked with ISO in the past, they would say that the ISO standard then needed too many documentation and focused less on the results. This is why many business owners and managers believe that this was not helpful to their business and that this was just a part of the operating expense.

The good news is that the focus on the revised ISO standard is more on improving business processes and not on putting together documentation for the auditor. This new approach has had a major effect on the results achieved by certified businesses as seen by clients, top management, shareholders and workers. Efforts to improve both the customer and business requirements of a business have been made in this new "Process Approach".

Our consultants have helped lots of businesses attain ISO9000 certification ever since the year 2000 and have implemented three basic rules to obtain great results from the investment. They are the following:

The most common "mistake" we've seen businesses make in implementing ISO for the first time is to make it very complicated. As an outcome, there are records, procedures and job training that are really not necessary. The "better be safe than sorry" approach is applied because those who implement the system don't really know what auditors look for. This would result in an increase in the present ISO certification expense while the value of the business has not increased.

That is why focus should be more on those particularly needed by both the business and the standard and less on the documents.

If you want to improve performance for both the client and the business, you must improve on the processes of the company and this is the second guideline. This means that anything that is implemented should be scrutinized to be sure it is aligned with your company's ways of operation and the requirements of your clients. Companies could modify their QMS to particularly meet their requirements and still comply with the certification's intention because the ISO standard utilize general language.

You must first find out if a particular requirement you are working with is helping your business.

For the third guideline, make sure that your reason for implementing anything is not merely to show it to the auditor. While discussing an ISO requirement, if you say that you are implementing something so that you could show the auditor then apply rules one and two. In order to meet ISO requirement, a flexible system must be developed and implemented to suit and add value to your business. Be sure to review your ISO processes and documents with an eye on keeping it simple and adding business value. The auditor will certainly be satisfied if you do so.