There are many ISO Certifications available, which might get business managers wondering which ISO certification is best for their business.
Management Systems Available
ISO, which is the international standardization organization issues standards relating to all the products that we use in our everyday life. As of 2017, there were more than 21,700 ISO standards. That said, most businesses seek to implement Management Systems as per ISO.
The following Management Systems are the most widely used ISO Certifications that are best for companies.
ISO 9001 – Quality management system
ISO 9001 is the foundation of all Management Systems. This standard relates to the quality of the service/product that is given by the company. This means, that by going through the ISO 9001 Certification process the company will be looking at the key business processes that are required to deliver the service to the client.
Among other considerations, the current ISO 9001 Standard looks at:
- Key Processes – business processes that required to give the client the product/service as per requirements
- Supporting Activities – business process that are necessary for the smooth running of the key processes
If you are seeking to start on the journey for implementing robust management systems, ISO 9001 certification is best.
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ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System
ISO 14001 relates to the environmental aspects of the business. Therefore, what environmental impacts exist when we are rendering the service to our clients. When implementing this standard, business owners would seek to identify the environmental impacts of all business processes.
ISO 45001 – Occupational Health & Safety
Similarly, for ISO 45001, here ISO Consultants would review all business processes to identify the potential OH&S Hazards. This standard goes a step further. Here we are encouraged to seek the impact that our operations might have on neighbors and contractors. To ensure that we eliminate risks and protect everyone from H&S hazards that might be created through our operation.
ISO 27001 – Information Security Management System
Over the past years, we’ve seen a huge rise in the use of technology. The internet has revolutionized the way we work. And while this brought with it many advantages there are some pitfalls as well. Most notably, the risk of a break of our information.
At the time of writing (May 2019), the impact of the Corona Virus was still very much in full swing. Most Service businesses are working from home, which might be an issue for those who weren’t prepared with the appropriate IT Infrastructure.
The ISO 27001 standard gives a more detailed insight on how to create management systems that ensures protection for the technology of the 21st Century.
ISO 22000 – Food Management System
As might be assumed by the name, this standard is not relevant to all types of companies. This means that yes, all other management systems may be adopted by all types of companies. Food handling companies might opt for the other management systems too.
ISO 22000 sets out the foundation for the key elements required by a management system of a company that handles food. This standard might be relevant for food production, and preparation companies. Either those involved in the raw materials, or in any of the upstream activities, to the point where the food is served to the client.
Motivation for Certification
The above Management Systems show that now all are relevant to your business. Deciding which ISO Certification is best for your business mainly depends on the motivation for wanting to get certified in the first place. If you want to get your business ISO certified because your customer requires is – then you will need to get compliant to all ISO standards defined by your clients.
If on the other hand, you want to get ISO Certification to improve your business, I would suggest ISO 9001. The idea of monitor business processes, setting up quality objectives, and reviewing roles and responsibilities through organizational charts might be the improvements your business needs to flourish.
The highest cost to get ISO certification would be for ISO 9001 Certification. Thereinafter reputable consultants would only charge minimal fees to implement other ISO Standards, as the foundation of the Management System would be in place.
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