What Does It Mean to be ISO-9001: 2015 Certified?

ISO 9001 is the world’s most recognized quality-management system for any organization, regardless of size and irrespective of an organization’s field of activity.  ISO (International Standards Organization) develops and publishes International Standards.  ISO-9001 highlights four main components:

  1. Quality planning
  2. Quality assurance
  3. Quality control, and
  4. Quality improvement

Those four targets address many, more specific areas such as:

  • Quality management
  • Environmental management
  • Social responsibility
  • Risk management
  • Occupational health & safety
  • Anti-bribery management, and more

In other words, standards that deal with current global challenges. ISO-9001 does not provide certification or conformity assessment. Those goals are performed by an external certification body.

There are at least a million world-wide organizations and businesses, in more than 170 countries, that are ISO-9001 certified.


What Does All This Mean?


Being ‘ISO-9001: 2015’ compliant reflects intention and dedication on the part of a business or industry towards optimizing the quality of their products or services to fully meet the demands and expectations of their consumers.  Assurance that products and services are safe, reliable, and of good quality is met, via, strategic ISO tools that are introduced and implemented.

Implemented tools also address production costs and how they can be reduced by minimizing waste and errors, thereby optimizing productivity. In other words, top-tier management comes into play!

ISO International Standards help companies access new markets, level the playing field for developing countries by breaking down barriers to international trade, and generate fair and free global-trade practices.

Depending on the circumstances, a business may request being ISO certified or be required to be ISO certified. A company that meets ISO certification requirements indicates that company’s desire to improve practices as well as a desire to prepare for growth.  Being ISO certified is embracing and facilitating long-term improvements that will stand up to the test of time.


ISO Standards:  Adaptation and Passion are Key


All ISO standards are assessed every five years.  The purpose for that is to determine if any modifications are in order to keep standards current and relevant for the marketplace.   Organizations that are part of an ISO quality-management system can realistically expect to improve their performance as well as reap the rewards from the implementation of a progressive, robust and insightful quality-management system.

With all the being said, certification to ISO 9001:  2008 is not an ‘upgrade’ nor does it change the intent of the ISO 9001: 2000 standard.  The ISO 9001: 2015 amendment was to further the clarity of ISO 9001: 2000 and to further its capability with ISO 14001: 2004.


ISO 9001: 2015 Pride


Organizations or companies who embrace ISO 9001: 2015 are passionate about the conformity of their products and services to meet customer needs and expectations.  Being ISO 2001: 2015 compliant is truly about quality within the enterprise’s operations as well as quality associated with the outcome of respective products or services.

When a company is ISO 2001: 2015 certified it is part of a ripple effect that ends with confidence –  consumers who become wholly confident in the products and services they are receiving from their certified suppliers!