Frequently Asked Questions

What is ISO Certification
ISO Certification is an approval by a 3rd party body that certifies that a company operates its business in accordance with one of the internationally recognised ISO management systems. Certification can be a useful tool to add credibility, by demonstrating that your product or service meets the expectations of your customers. For some industries, certification is a legal or contractual requirement.
Why would I want ISO Certification?
The adoption of an ISO management system is a strategic decision for an organisation that can help to improve its overall performance and provide a sound basis for sustainable development initiatives.
How long does it take to achieve ISO Certification?
This depends on whether you want to go the UKAS or non-UKAS accredited route. The former could take 6 months to 18 months depending on the size / complexity of the company or the latter could take just a few weeks if formal UKAS accreditation is not required. Please get in touch and we will provide you with a free quote once we understand your needs. Our pricing is determined using a day rate and by agreeing with the Client the number of days that are estimated as being required to complete the task. .
What can I expect to find in an ISO standard?
An ISO standard is a documented agreement containing technical specifications or other precise criteria to be used consistently as rules, guidelines, or definitions of characteristics to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose. It is a living agreement that can have a profound influence on things that deserve to be taken seriously - such as the safety, reliability and efficiency of machinery and tools, means of transport, toys, medical devices, and so on.
What can I expect to find in an ISO standard?
A standard is a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose.
What is ISO?
ISO (International organisation for Standardisation) is the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. International Standards give state of the art specifications for products, services and good practice, helping to make industry more efficient and effective. Developed through global consensus, they help to break down barriers to international trade.
What will the benefits of an ISO management system be to my organisation?
The potential benefits to an organisation of implementing a quality management system based on international standards are:

  • the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements
  • facilitating opportunities to enhance customer satisfaction
  • addressing risks and opportunities associated with its context and objectives; and
  • the ability to demonstrate conformity to specified quality management system requirements

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