ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management
ISO 9001 Certification is awarded to companies that have established an internal Quality Management System which ensures their customers receive products or services that are fit for purpose, meet and hopefully exceed their expectations.
ISO 9001 is often seen as the bedrock upon which all the other ISO standards are built as it originates from the need for consistency in service and product we all expect in this day and age.
It might seem bizarre today, but for many years manufacturers and suppliers believed that responsibility for ensuring quality was with the customer and not themselves. Eventually in the decades following World War II manufacturers came to recognise that the onus for quality assurance should ultimately fall on their shoulders, although it took a quarter of a century after the end of the war for a national standard to be established.
The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) eventually gave the world the tools it needed and fortuitously opened new doors to clients and suppliers alike giving them a level playing field on which to operate on sharing the same ethos of quality and reliability.
Quality Management Principles
The standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. These principles are explained in more detail in a pdf Quality Management Principles document (available at http://www.iso.org/iso/home/standards/management-standards/iso_9000.htm ). Using ISO 9001:2015 standard helps ensure that customers get consistent, good quality products and services, which in turn brings many business benefits.
Remember: Winning businesses prefer to deal with other winning businesses!
Evermore your clients will now insist upon higher degrees of excellence, guaranteed consistency and assured delivery.
A UKAS Certified ISO 9001 system assures you and your clients of this and ultimately alleviates the need for your customers to audit you themselves.
ISO 9001 certification will give a significant boost to your company’s profile and competitiveness and inevitably be a major contributor to your company’s growth and profitability.
The ISO brand can also open up markets far beyond 'normal' territories with British companies exporting manufactured goods and services abroad more easily because of the global recognition and respect the ISO 9001 system demands.
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