So, how does an organization obtain ISO (International Organization for Standards) 9001:2015 certification? As a reminder, ISO is the standards organization. ISO develops and maintains the standard by which we operate. To become certified, you need to work with a certification body that uses CASCO (ISO’s Committee on Conformity Assessment) standard. You can find ISO/CASCO standards HERE.
I have to pause for a moment and share that I find it interesting how ISO creates its acronyms.
When choosing a certification body, in addition to ensuring they use the CASCO standard, consider if they are accredited. Accreditation is not compulsory; however, it does provide independent confirmation of competence. You can find US accreditation organizations HERE. These organizations have directories of certification bodies they have certified.
Certification involves an audit being performed by an independent certification body. It’s typically a two-step process: 1) high level review of your management system; 2) a detailed review to provide evidence of compliance against the standard. Once you are certified, you’ll want to share that you are certified. Don’t just say you are “ISO certified”. List your certification by name, e.g., ISO 9001:2015 certified. Important to note, you cannot use or display the ISO logo without permission from ISO.
Once awarded, your ISO 9001:2015 certification is good for 3 years. The certifying body or registrar must conduct periodic checks within the 3 years, and it is important to remember ISO 9001 is all about continuous improvement. It is truly a way you operate.
Denver Rubber company is an ISO company since 2010 and continually improving its quality management system to meet all interested parties expectations. By implementing ISO principles, our Denver Rubber Company team ensures that we work efficiently, meet or exceed regulatory requirements and value customer satisfaction above all else. Quality matters.