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ISO 9001 Registration

Selecting a ISO 9001 Registrar

When you choose a ISO 9001 Registrar you are starting a relationship that will last at least 3 years, most likely longer. You will want to make a careful decision to lay the groundwork for a smooth and lasting relationship.

The following is a list of qualified ISO 9001 Registrars that will help you obtain your ISO 9001 Registration:

ISO 9001 Registrar Basics

Generally, when you sign a contract with a ISO 9001 Registrar, it will include the ISO 9001 Registration Audit, and Surveillance Audits. The ISO 9001 Registration Audit is the initial audit that will be done to see if you will achieve ISO 9001 Registration. After you have your ISO 9001 Registration, the ISO 9001 Registrar will come back every 6 months or year to see if you are maintaining your system and continuing to meet the requirements of ISO 9001. ISO 9001 Registrars vary in their approach, so you will want to find out details from each ISO 9001 Registrar you are interested in.

Your certificate will be valid for 3 years. After that period your ISO 9001 Registrar will be required to do another ISO 9001 Registration Audit to renew your certification. The contract you set up with your ISO 9001 Registrar will be for the three year period. You would renew your contract after three years to start the cycle again.

ISO 9001 Registration Audit: An audit of your QMS system to see if you meet the requirements of ISO 9001 and will achieve ISO 9001 Registration.

Surveillance Audit: A follow up audit of a portion of your QMS to see if the QMS is being followed and maintained. These are done every 6 months or year.


The costs for the audits and ISO 9001 Registration will be dependant on the size of your company, the number of locations, the accreditations that you need, and the distance between you and your ISO 9001 Registrar.

The costs are typically dependant on the number of audit days required for the ISO 9001 Registration audit and the surveillance audits, the travel costs for the auditors, and the administration fees and accreditation fees for the ISO 9001 Registration.

Choosing a ISO 9001 Registrar

The most important factor in choosing a ISO 9001 Registrar is how well they can work with you. This includes how well they know your industry, how much experience they have with similar companies, and how well they communicate with you and your employees.

Interview 3 or more ISO 9001 Registrars to get a good idea of the options available and differences between ISO 9001 Registrars. Look locally if you have good choices, it will save on costs, but if you do not find a good fit look farther. The benefits of your relationship with your ISO 9001 Registrar will pay off. Remember that these are experienced professionals that spend day after day evaluating how companies do business. The feedback you get from them is one of the best benchmarking tools available.

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