In general here are the Certification Process for ISO 9001:
Step 1 – Gap Analysis: Assess the organization’s current quality management practices against the requirements of ISO 9001. Identify gaps and areas for improvement.
Step 2 – Documentation: Develop a comprehensive quality manual, documented procedures, and records as per ISO 9001 requirements. This includes defining quality objectives, process documentation, and establishing a document control system.
Step 3 – Implementation: Implement the documented procedures and controls across the organization, ensuring all employees are trained and aware of their roles and responsibilities.
Step 4 – Internal Audit: Conduct internal audits to verify the effectiveness of the QMS. This involves assessing compliance with ISO 9001 requirements, identifying non-conformities, and initiating corrective actions. Contact us for an Internal Audit with Training.
Step 5 – Management Review: Conduct periodic reviews involving top management to evaluate the QMS’s performance, identify improvement opportunities, and ensure its alignment with organizational objectives.
Step 6 – Certification Audit: Engage a recognized certification body to perform an external audit. The audit consists of a stage 1 and stage 2 assessment, including a review of documentation, interviews with personnel, and on-site inspections.
Step 7 – Certification: Upon successful completion of the certification audit, the organization is awarded ISO 9001 certification. This certification is valid for a specific period, typically three years, and requires annual surveillance audits to maintain compliance.