So you are looking to implement ISO 9001, ISO 45001 or ISO 14001, you are considering a new auditor or you simply wish to improve your existing system. ISO 9001 Certification, Auditors, Consultants, Third Party certified, ISO 9001 compliant, etc… what do these terms actually mean and where do these roles fit in the management certification process.
Certification bodies are the entities who issue certificates of compliance and are accredited to do so by an independent Third Party such as JAS ANZ. Certification bodies then use auditors to conduct audits on their behalf, this ensures that they too remain independent and impartial to the certification process. The auditor reports back their findings to the certification body, who will issue certification after their assessment of the auditors report. A company who has been audited by an ISO 9001 certification body, demonstrating compliance to the standard is ISO 9001 certified.
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Auditors conduct audits on behalf of the certification body. The auditor is not permitted to consult during an audit, this ensures the independence and impartiality of certification.
Auditors can carry out a Gap Analysis and provide a report identifying gaps between your current system and the requirements of the standard however, an Auditor must do this separate to the certification process.
Consultants are able to provide specialist advice on the requirements of a business system to meet the Standards requirement. The extent of advice and their level of assistance with implementation is down to the needs and wishes of the client.
Using a consultant is often a more cost effective way to achieving compliance as they can advise, give guidance and prepare you for certification.
Compliant vs Certified
A company may wish to improve the way they operate, maintain transparency of their processes and improve their delivery of product or service by structuring their business to be ISO 9001 compliant. A company can be compliant without being certified. How the company states its system as compliant may be through self-assessment, or a Third Party.
Compliant may be acceptable for companies that wish to avoid the on-going additional cost of certification and surveillance audits and, there is always the option to become officially registered at a later date, it is only a matter of choosing a certificate body.
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