The Basics of ISO 9000 Standards

ISO 9000 standards simply mean compliance with the quality management system defined by International Organization for Standards (ISO). The standards set by the ISO were originally published in 1997 which contain specific measures defining quality management, process control, and business procedures. It has been adapted by different national standards board and more companies are striving to comply with its requirements to get an ISO certification.

Specifically the standards set by the ISO addresses the needs of companies in improving management systems, definition of quality measures and mechanisms, and sharpening the skills of companies in systematic business process record keeping.

ISO compliance does not mean that products or services will be superior. It simply states that companies complying with the ISO standards have sufficient documentary mechanisms that can systematize the business processes. It is also a guarantee that the creation of products and services has been well documented so that when defects are detected, it can be easily traced and corrected immediately.

The process of ISO standards certification is not easy. Companies need to accomplish numerous documentary requirements describing their entire business organization and procedures. They also need to institute different control mechanisms to ensure delivery of good products and services. All these efforts should be accompanied by proper documentation from the beginning up to the end of the production process. Companies are also required to continually develop and improve their quality management systems in order to pass the ISO 9000 re-certification process. This will ensure that the implementation of quality management systems will always be part of the business operations.

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