ISO 9001 ACCREDITATION

ISO 9001 Accreditation and certification are often used interchangeably.  Accreditation bodies and certification bodies are involved in the ISO 9001 certification process. ISO 9001 accreditation is provided by accreditation bodies, whereas the certification is provided by certification bodies.

Being ISO 9001 Certified means that your organization’s quality management system meets the requirements of ISO 9001 Standard. This is done by a certification body after auditing your organization’s quality management system and processes against the latest ISO 9001 standard.  

Regardless of the size of your organization, and the nature of your products or services, ISO 9001 accreditation (and certification) has huge advantages that enable your company to operate more efficiently and foster a culture of continuous improvement.  ISO 9001 Accreditation (and certification) is a statement to your customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders about the quality of the process, product, and services. 

ISO 9001 accreditation and certification are essential factors of the ISO Quality Management System. There is a lot of confusion about the processes associated with each of them. They are similar in principle but differ in who does the job. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) creates standards known as quality management system standards. These are set of policies, procedures, and processes to guide organizations in offering goods and services that are safe, resilient, and meet customer requirements. Some ISO 9001 certification bodies secure their license to conduct certification audits and issue certificates from an ISO 9001 accreditation body. Others choose to work independently.

ISO 9001 ACCREDITATION VS ISO 9001 CERTIFICATION

According to ISO’s website, the difference between ISO 9001 accreditation and certification is:

ISO 9001 Accreditation

  • Accreditation – “The formal recognition by an independent body, generally known as an accreditation body, that a certification body operates according to international standards.”
  • Certification – “The provision by an independent body of written assurance (a certificate) that the product, service or system in question meets specific requirements.”

ISO 9001 CERTIFICATION BODIES
ISO 9001 certification bodies are third party conformity assessment bodies or registrars. They audit individual companies to see if their quality management system meets the ISO 9001 requirements. Certification bodies grant certification to organizations after successful completion of ISO 9001 Audit.

There are accredited and non-accredited certification bodies. You may use your due-diligence of evaluating certification bodies before choosing them by checking if they choose the relevant CASCO standard. However, to be accredited is neither mandatory nor are non-accredited certification bodies non-reputable. Accredited certification bodies in your county can be found by visiting the Internal Accreditation Forum (IAF).

ISO 9001 ACCREDITATION BODIES

ISO 9001 certification bodies are accredited by ISO 9001 accreditation bodies. The role of the Accreditation bodies is to provide accreditation to certification bodies. They do not provide certification to individual companies. There are several accreditation bodies around the globe. Some of them are a member of IAF and others are not. Some examples of these organizations are UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) in the UK and ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) in the USA.

LMG provides ISO consultation and acts as a liaison between Certification bodies (Registrars) and Organizations.  We help you to choose the right certification body for you which will save you time and help you with the cost of ISO Certification.

FREE ISO 9001 CONSULTATION: Liberty Management Group (LMG) offers a free, onsite ISO 9001 consultation. Whether you are just starting out on building a quality management system from scratch or need to evaluate your existing system for ISO 9001 certification, our experienced consultants will be able to give advice and guide you through the entire process of implementation and certification of ISO 9001. 

After the initial onsite visit, we will provide you with an estimate of the cost and time frame of the ISO 9001 implementation and certification process. No contract or commitment is required unless LMG is selected to provide any further service. 

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