|What is ISO 9001?
ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised standard for the quality management of businesses. It applies to the processes that create and control the products and services an organisation supplies, and prescribes systematic control of activities to ensure that the needs and expectations of customers are met. ISO 9001 is designed and intended to apply to virtually any product or service, made by any process anywhere in the world.
Why seek ISO 9001 certification?
- ISO 9001 certification by an accredited certification body shows commitment to quality, customers, and a willingness to work towards improving efficiency.
- To obtain a structured controlled system for consistent
quality products / services in meeting the customers'
- It demonstrates the existence of an effective quality management system that satisfies the rigours of an independent, external audit.
- To provide greater confidence to the market place and to
gear up your business for a competitive world
- To win new customers and to retain existing customers
How do you start to implement ISO 9001? What is involved?
- Identify the requirements of ISO 9001 and how they apply to the business involved.
- Establish quality objectives and how they fit in to the operation of the business.
- Produce a documented quality policy indicating how these requirements are satisfied.
- Communicate them throughout the organisation.
- Evaluate the quality policy, its stated objectives and then prioritise requirements to ensure they are met.
- Identify the boundaries of the management system and produce documented procedures as required.
- Ensure these procedures are suitable and adhered to.
- Once developed, internal audits are needed to ensure the system carries on working.
What is ISO 14001 Certification
This International Standard specifies requirements for Environmental Management ISO 14001 Certification, ISO 14001:2004 standardSystem (ISO 14001), to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objective which take into account legal requirements and other requirements and other requirements which the organization subscribes. The system applies to those environmental aspects that the organization identifies and those which it can control. The system aims in monitoring the legal requirement. All the requirements
in this International Standard are intended to be incorporated into any environmental management system. The extent of the application factors depends on the nature of the activity of the organization, product, services and location where it functions.
The Environmental Management system works on PDCA (Plan, Do, Check and Act) cycle.
ISO 14001:2004 standard is divided into four clauses. Clause 1 to 3 is general clause which is related to Scope, Normative and Terms and Definitions. Clause 4 (Environmental Management System Requirements) is subdivided into 06 sub clauses General Requirement, Environmental policy, Planning, Implementation and Operation, Checking and Management Review. The system focuses on continual improvement. This is done by having Management Review Meeting, Internal Audit, Corrective and Preventive action, Monitoring of Quality Objective and Environmental Management Programmes.
Who can go in for ISO 14001 certification?
Organization intending to improve the environmental management system specified by this International Standard and continually strives to comply to the statutory and Legal requirements it subscribes.
Satisfying the Customers and consumers, stakeholders and shareholders as they are increasingly demanding environmentally sound products and services.
Organization willing to comply to the environmental requirements, as the Environmental legislation is getting stricter.