Having to meet the quality system standards under the ISO 9000 does not need certification. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) does not certify organization. Its role is provide the standard but in some countries certification bodies have been formed to issue certification to companies who have met the ISO 9000 standards.

A company to be issued an ISO 9000 certifications undergoes an audit of accredited certifying bodies. The audit validates the compliance to the standards under ISO 9000. The applying organization is assessed based on an extensive sample of its sites, functions, products, services and processes. A list of problems ("action requests" or "non-compliances") is made known to the management. If no major problems on this list, have been found the certification body will issue an ISO 9001 certificate for each geographical site it has visited. Management however will be required to provide a satisfactory improvement plan showing how problems will be resolved.

The ISO certificate is a certificate that assures interested parties to your organization that you have been audited by an independent external body on your management system and such system has been verified to have conformed the requirements specefified in the ISO standard.

To obtain an ISO 9000 certification may cost a lot but it pays off to assure everyone that you are an ISO 9000 compliant, ready to provide the best quality service to your customers as well as to your people at work. Prove your excellence in your quality management performance system and be certified.

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