Whoever meets the requirements of ISO 9001 and certifies you wins more business partners who are themselves certified to DIN ISO 9001.
The ISO 9001, as an internationally recognized standard, is responsible for recommendations for best QMS practices in companies. With the ISO 9001 certification, your company proves its quality awareness, its reliability in production and services and its general competitiveness. The standard is regularly updated, the current version being from 2015 (ISO 9001:2015).
The global industry standard specializes in the quality management system and helps companies to efficiently improve quality for optimal customer satisfaction.
The QMS serves as a basis for the classification and structuring of processes and responsibilities that promote the achievement of quality goals. ISO 9001 provides a useful aid for the continuous optimization of the QMS.
The ISO 9001 is one of the most successful and most certified ISO standards in the world. More than one million companies use the standard for their QMS and about 50,000 companies in Germany alone. With ISO 9001, managers and responsible persons can continuously monitor the company management with regard to quality standards and their sustainability and improve themselves internally through self-control. In this way, the responsibilities of all stakeholders are structured and developed and optimized for the long term.
The ISO or International Organization for Standardization primarily makes recommendations for an effective QMS, these are summarized in 7 Principles of Quality Management summarized:
ISO 9001 is not a mandatory obligation for companies. However, the documentation of the QMS as well as the adjustment to the DIN ISO 9001 certification is a proven and renowned solution for management teams. Nevertheless, each company should individually weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of a certification according to ISO 9001.
The following six steps will make it easier for you to get started with the development of a QMS and the certification according to ISO 9001:
determine a person responsible for the QMS, the so-called quality representative, who can be part of the management, the management or even a regular employee. His suitability is important, i.e. he should be assertive, have a good knowledge of the company and the requirements of the QMS. The QB can also be the internal auditor of the QMS.
A project plan helps especially with the timely implementation of the project. For this purpose, the most relevant factors are how the documentation is processed and how much time it takes. Which internal measures are taken and how long the implementation will take and when the actual certification audit will take place.
Next, an external inspector should be found, relevant factors you should take into account are the price for the services and proximity to your company.
After the internal conformity check, the first documentation check should be carried out by the external certifier as soon as possible.
Finally, the actual certification according to ISO 9001 is carried out on site. This consists of coordinating the documentation with the actual on-site procedure. In the best case, you will obtain your ISO 9001 standard certificate in this way.
With templates for ISO 9001 certification, you can document your QMS clearly and transparently, easily identify non-conformities and their causes, and plan and implement corrective measures well. ISO 9001 audit checklists support your internal conformity checks and prepare you effectively for ISO 9001 certification.
This ISO 9001 corrective action template is a detailed step-by-step guide aimed at initiating corrective action at an early stage. See template
This gap analysis checklist will assist you to prepare for certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015. See template