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What are ISO standards

Monday, October 30, 2017

The ISO standards are internationally recognised standards for Quality Management Systems and are considered quality benchmarks across the world.

The ISO standards ensure that a company is doing everything necessary to continually improve the quality of their products and processes confirming the company has a good reputation within their industry and has the processes in place to manage products and services. Improving quality means your company will remain competitive and be able to meet increasing demands from customers.

Many clients are now looking to work with companies who are ISO certified and this can open up new markets which may not have been accessible without implementing ISO standards.

Is it worthwhile for my company?

Are you an SME, a small to medium-sized enterprise, with between 3 and 48 employees who would like to expand?

ISO standards can open up export markets and reduce cost and time to market. They are frequently behind the makings of a good business and help SMEs compete with larger competitors whether your company is in manufacturing, food products or the service industry. The standards enhance credibility and prove the business can commit to meet goals and sustainability, whilst safeguarding the interests of customers, employees and stakeholders.

A key component of ISO 9001 always places customers and quality first reinforcing your marketing and providing assurance that all aspects of health, safety and performance is of the best quality.

There are a wide range of ISO standards from specialist technical standards such as ISO/IEC 17025 to a BS EN ISO 9001.

At Quality Management Projects we provide support for a range of ISO standards which include:

  • ISO 9001 – Quality management
  • ISO 14001 – Environmental management
  • ISO 50001 – Energy management
  • ISO 27001 – Information security management
  • BS EN 1090 – Structural steel
  • BS OHSAS 18001 – Occupational health and safety
  • AS 9100 – Aerospace

These standards and, many more, are developed by experts from across industry, trade, consumer associations, universities and governments. The ISO, based in Switzerland, is always interested in the development of their standards and particularly the voice of their members.

If you would like to know more about commencing the process, which ISO standard is right for your specific industry and the kind of benefits you will achieve, please phone us on 01273 510725 or contact us via our webform.