ISO 9001 certification is a strategic investment for businesses in any sector, as it gives them assured returns in the long run. The first advantage of the certification is the adoption of a comprehensive quality management system (QMS) which will consistently check the business processes and ensure they meet the regulatory and compliance requirements. In other words, the ISO 9001 quality management standard brings efficiency and accuracy into the processes, resulting in the production of high-quality products or services.

Achieving ISO 9001 certification will ensure substantial improvements in the bottom-line. However, this is only possible when the certification process is correctly followed. Some businesses have incorrectly implemented an ISO standard, which leads to no positive impact on the business because of the mistakes in the certification process. To help you avoid falling into the same trap, this article points out the mistakes that you should probably avoid.

Considering Wrong Reasons for Certification

An organization’s key objectives behind getting a certification will determine the benefits derived from it. Therefore, focusing only on short-term objectives like market recognition or competitiveness will only temporarily benefit your business. If you want your organization to get the long-term benefits of certification, such as productivity, increased quality of products or services, streamlined delivery, and cost-savings, focus on properly implementing the ISO 9001 certification process by satisfying all its key objectives. These objectives include the implementation of an efficient and stringent quality management system (QMS).

Getting Certified Because You Have To

Don’t consider ISO certification as just another prerequisite to run your business operations. Seeking ISO 9001 standard does not only add value with its robust QMS that will deliver products or services that will satisfy every customer expectation. The certification will also demonstrate your business’s adherence to quality and will help to promote lucrative local and global business contracts. Thus, when you get certified, make sure that your processes are efficient and quality checks are in place to meet with the obligatory requirements of the contracts.

Not Following a Checklist for Audits

Following a checklist of questions will help in identifying and resolving problems. During the auditing process held for your organization by professionals to evaluate its compliance with the ISO 9001 requirements, make sure you bring a checklist or list of questions for the auditors. The questions must include the process failure points, internal defects, results from scrap reports, and needed corrective actions. It will help you learn the issues or non-compliances in your business’s management system and get everything resolved with root cause analysis. So, just knowing the audit reports is not enough. You cannot solve all the non-compliance issues and get your organization certified until you find out real problems by cross-checking or questioning the auditors.

In Conclusion

These three common mistakes explain that achieving the ISO 9001 quality management standard for your business is not as simple as it seems. Most consider certification because others have it, however, make sure you properly research, talk to ISO experts, and engage some professionals who can help you understand why your organization needs ISO 9001 certification and what can be done to correctly achieve it and enjoy all of its benefits.

Author's Bio: 

Damon Anderson is an expert ISO 9001 certification consultant practicing at a reputed ISO consulting agency. He is also a dedicated writer and writes blogs in which he makes businesses aware of the influential benefits of ISO 9001 quality management certification and the strict method to achieve compliance.

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