Certification Process

The objective of getting an International standard for organization (ISO) registration is to advance the standardization of technology, improvement in the use of technology. The certification of the ISO may sound daunting like a nightmare but it is very much easy and straightforward than what all of us generally think. But almost none of us are aware of the procedures that need to be followed for the ISO registration. Therefore, to make the registration process easy here are some useful process if your organization is seeking for ISO certifications in various standards.

At the very first step one should decide the appropriate standard for your organization. There are more than  23333 international standards developed and take care by the 792 technical committee and sub- committees till date covering almost all aspects of technology and manufacturing. (ISO, 2020). Among these standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, ISO 45001 are some of the most popular one. Even though ISO develop standards, but it is not involved in certification. ISO itself doesn’t issue any kind of certificates. This is performed by an external certification bodies and hence organization after deciding the appropriate standard for their organization selected the appropriate certifying bodies for certification.

When choosing a certification body, you should:

  • Evaluate several certification bodies available at your convenience.
  • Check if the certification body uses the relevant ISO’S COMMITTEE ON CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT (CASCO) standards.
  •  Check if it is accredited. Accreditation is not compulsory, and non-accreditation does not necessarily mean it is not reputable, but it does provide independent confirmation of competence. To find an accredited certification body, contact the national accreditation body in your country or visit the International Accreditation Forum.

The process of implementing ISO in an organization  will depend on factors such as size and complexity of its processes, the current knowledge and culture related to the standard; i.e., quality, environmental, safety, etc. the maturity of any other existing systems related to the standard wishing to implement, and many others. However the below figure will give an overview of the steps to guide the beginners if they wish to apply ISO standards in their organizations.