Recommended by ISO (International Organization for Standardization), an ISO Certification fortifies that the concerned company/firm makes strict use of the internationally approved processes, techniques, and practices for producing its products/services, and also for managing its all business/service related operations and activities. Thus, ISO certifications assure reliability, safety, and competitiveness of related products/services at the national and international levels.
Representing specific quality management systems, iso certifications are immensely beneficial for making businesses/professions/services related with various economic fields (technical and non-technical), highly efficient, lucrative, and internationally reputed. Ingeniously developed through global consensus, the iso quality management systems are industry-specific and general also. Again, more than one such system can also be utilized by a certain company for better outcomes. In India, the duly authorized national standards body of the ISO, is the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), which grants all categories of quality and standard related certifications and licenses to entities located in entire India. Offering expert and efficient services for ISO Consultation and ISO Certifications to companies/firms/organizations located in India are a significant ancillary service of our internationally renowned full-service law firm of India, with its headquarters in Delhi.
Popular Types of ISO Certifications
Today, the most famous, highly admired, and hugely popular types of ISO certifications in India and abroad, are the following
- ISO 9001:2008 - Quality Management
- ISO 14001 - Environmental Management
- ISO 27001 - Information Security Management
- ISO 26000 - Social Responsibility
- OHSAS 18001 - Occupational Health Safety Standard
- ISO 22008 - Food Safety Management
- ISO 20080 - IT Service Management
- ISO 31000 - Risk Management
- SA 8000 - Social Accountability
- ISO 28000 - Security Management
- EnMS EN 16001 ISO 50001 - Energy Management
- And, many other ISO certifications.
The following are the main benefits and advantages obtainable through implementing one or more of the above-mentioned quality management systems by an entity: --- increased operational efficiency, minimized wastes, and greater productivity; better resources management; higher quality of products/services with enhanced competitiveness; greater profitability and market reputation; better morale and satisfaction of employees; improved reliability of investors; and easier growth and expansion of business/service.
In general, the majority of ISO Certifications are provided for three to five years. Within this period, the ISO conformant is required to undergo a recertification, regularly in future. Therefore, it is undoubtedly the best to follow the relevant quality management techniques and processes perennially by the concerned company, in order to remain ever-progressive despite competition, reliable among investors, and reputed in the national and international markets. The section below, gives exclusive information about the iso certification process - how to get iso certification in india, to help the interested entrepreneurs, professionals, businessmen, companies/firms, and diverse organizations located all across the country.
How to get ISO Certification in India - ISO Certification Process
Any relevant ISO certification in India is to be acquired through making registration with the BIS. The BIS Website (www.bis.org.in) or any of its regional or branch office gives necessary information about getting any desired iso certifications. In general, the following are the steps/processes involved in obtaining the desired iso certification by an entity engaged in any economic field anywhere in India:
- Submitting the completed Application Form (Form-IV) in Triplicate, together with the Questionnaire Form
- Selecting a renowned ISO Registrar which possesses adequate experience within the scope category of your specific industry. The Registrar or his auditor needs to view all documents and quality manuals and procedures used by the applicant company, to identify nonconformities to the desired quality management system. This quality document review may take 2-4 weeks. Review of the existing work practices will also be made to identify gaps against the requirements stipulated in the ISO standards.
- After getting directions and suggestions from the registrar/auditor, the company is required to make action plan to meet all the requirements of the desired ISO certification. Then, the required quality management techniques and processes will be put into rigorous practice in all departments.
- Then, the applicant company needs to conduct an internal audit, in light of the requirements to be met for getting the desired certification. After being satisfied, the company should call the registrar/auditor for a formal and impersonal preliminary audit (Stage-1 Audit) and physical onsite inspection of procedures in action.
- During the external stage-1 audit, the assigned ISO Auditor is concerned to discover nonconformities, which the applicant company needs to close or eliminate, in order to get the desired ISO certification. Depending on severity, these nonconformities to the desired quality management system are classified into two broad categories --- the Major Nonconformities, and Minor Nonconformities. The minor nonconformance will not hold up the desired ISO registration. The time taken by this stage-1 auditing depends on the scope of the audit and the size of the company.
- After knowing the findings (nonconformities) of the auditor, and receiving any suggestions from him, the company is then required to close or remove the same, through modifications/improvements in the impugned techniques and processes used by the company. Then, again, the auditor will be called for conducting the stage-2 or final auditing.
- After removing or eliminating any nonconformities disclosed during the stage-2 audit, the satisfied auditor will then prepare the final ISO Audit Report for forwarding the same to the Registrar/certification agency. Generally, after 4-6 weeks of the successful stage-2 audit, the desired ISO certification is given to the applicant company.
- The ISO conformant company will be witnessing Surveillance Audits from time to time.
- Lastly, the conformant company will be required to witness the Recertification Audits, after Three or Five Years.