What Is ISO and Why Is It Important?

What is ISO 9001 CertificationInternational Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an international regulatory body headquartered in Switzerland. It collaborates with other national, regional and international regulatory bodies to ensure that their companies and business standards are consistent. 

ISO has published more than 23,500 international standard documents that guide businesses.

ISO Management System Standards

Management System (MS) is widely grouped as general or sector-specific. Organizations and companies use the management system as a pathway by which they will run their businesses according to their objectives. 

These objectives can be in several areas such as the environment, health and safety, and road safety.

The general management system has the same rules and requirements. On the other hand, the sector-specific MS requirements and guidance for the different sectors. 

For example, ISO 29001:2020 provides general information for the products supply companies. Conversely, the ISO 9001: 2015 provides additional information.

Similarly, the ISO 14001:2015 has specific guidelines on environmental management.

Choosing a sector-specific to general MS depends on the type of company. For example, SMEs may use the general guidelines while multinational and large businesses use sector-specific MS because they require more extensive documentation.

Is Certification a Legal Requirement?

prototyping toolsThere are different ways to conform to the ISO standards. They include testing, inspection, and certification. However, certification is not a legal requirement in all industries. 

Furthermore, ISO provides the standards to certify a company or an organization, but it does not certify itself. Instead, third parties do the certification. However, these external bodies should adhere to the standards the Committee on conformity assessment (CASCO) set.

Benefits of ISO

  • Customers are confident in the products and services that conform to ISO because reputable experts have tested them. ISO, therefore, adds credibility because the products are more reliable in terms of quality, and they have higher safety standards.
  • ISO is a more cost-effective regulatory standard compared to national and regional standards. The organization has reduced the cost of duplicate tests and inspections of the products when exporting or importing goods. In effect, it boosts international trade while not sacrificing quality.
  • Businesses can easily service across the world. This is because ISO partners with WTO. Therefore, businesses that adhere to ISO standards are more competitive, and can perform more international business.
  • It collaborates with the UN organization to help achieve the sustainable development goals in economic, social, and environmental development. Its standards align with SDGs, such as an equal representation of women in its decision-making.
  • ISO reduces the risks organizations incur by providing an efficient standard.

Cheetah Precision possesses the highest quality standards in the industry. We have been ISO certified for decades, and are also ITAR Registered. This allows us to service a broad range of industries, including the US Department of Defense.

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