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What are the costs of ISO 9001 certification?

What it will cost to obtain ISO 9001 certification depends on your approach. There are two different types of costs to begin with: Costs to implement ISO 9001; Costs of actualy getting the ISO 9001 certification. Before we look at the costs, it’s important to determine your approach. This approach also depends on your motivation […]

07 Apr 22

Why get ISO certification?

Why get ISO certification? There are numerous reasons why your organisation should seek ISO certification. Imagine this: you are in a tendering process, or want to win a contract with a new customer or government agency. You are fully prepared and ready to go. But in the end you are not chosen because you do […]

15 Nov 21

What is an ISO certification?

The question what is an ISO certification is not a question answered easily. The world of ISO standards can be quite complex. In this article we try to provide a short answer so you know what an ISO certification is.   More and more companies are asked to submit an ISO certificate before doing business, […]

15 Nov 21

How to deal with a major non conformity

During the external audit, the certification body finds a critical deviation, a major non conformity, with regard to one of the standard requirements. Now what? First of all: no need to panic! Consider this as a gift and not as criticism; it will certainly not result in the loss of your certificate. It gives you […]

12 Nov 21

How to properly prepare for an audit

Audits are crucial to receive and maintain certification. Yet they are often perceived as anxious moments. If you properly prepare for an audit you have already won half the battle: it ensures that you can enter the audit with confidence.  Have sufficient knowledge of the requirements! Of course it starts with this: make sure you […]

12 Nov 21

Common mistakes in quality management (and how to avoid them)

The first mistake: “I have a manual and procedures so I am doing well in quality management”. A book full of printed paper does not make quality, people make quality. Of course, a system is the basis, the pillar to start from and eventually to fall back on. However, the foundation is laid much earlier. […]

19 Oct 21

The 8 steps towards an ISO certificate

An ISO standard sets requirements that an organisation must meet in order to obtain an ISO certificate. But how does it work exactly, what are the steps you need to take?  Determine your approach The first step towards your ISO certificate is to determine how you want to approach the project. The most prevalent ways: […]

19 Oct 21

9 tips for effective quality improvement

Quality improvement is the most important goal of an ISO 9001 quality management system. Therefore, continuous improvement and process optimisation are important in order to obtain your certificate. Many organisations struggle with the proper implementation of quality improvement. In this article we give you 9 practical tips to achieve more results. Tip 1: Don’t make […]

19 Oct 21

ISO 9001 and quality management

In the world of ISO standards, many of the standards focus on quality management. The most important and most widely used standard in the world is ISO 9001. Since 1987, ISO 9001 has been the standard for quality management most frequently certified by organisations. The result? ISO 9001 is the most certified ISO standard worldwide.  […]

18 Oct 21

ISO 9001 for one-man businesses and the self employed

Often we get asked if it is possible for small one-man businesses and self-employed persons to obtain the ISO 9001 certificate. The answer is a clear and simple yes! ISO 9001 is pre-eminently a standard in which the complexity of the management system depends on the size of the organisation. As a sole proprietor or […]

18 Oct 21

ISO 9001: what is it and what does it really mean?

With ISO 9001 you use internationally recognised standards for quality. It has also been proven that companies with an ISO 9001 certificate achieve higher annual turnover than non-certified companies.

13 Oct 21