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What is ISO 9001:2008?

Information on ISO 9001:2008

The International Organization of Standardization, (ISO) is a worldwide organization that develops many different kinds of Standards.

ISO 9001 is a series of documents that define requirements for the Quality Management System Standard. ISO 9001 is one of the documents in this set; it contains the actual requirements an organization must be in compliance with to become ISO 9001 Registered.

ISO 9001:2008 is the current version of the Standard. It was revised in the year 2000. Past versions of ISO 9000 included ISO 9002 and ISO 2003, but those are no longer in use. Companies are now only Registered to ISO 9001.

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Why do companies want ISO 9001:2008

Market Pressure

Many organizations decide to Implement ISO 9001 and obtain registration because it assures customers that the company has a good Quality Management System (QMS) in place. An organization with an effective QMS will typically meet customer expectations better than an organization that does not have an effective QMS. Many organizations require their suppliers to have ISO 9001 Registration.

Internal effectiveness and productivity benefits

Other organizations implement an ISO 9001 QMS because it has proven over the years that it leads companies to better operations, improved performance, and improved profitability.

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What do we need to do to become ISO 9001:2008 Registered?

Learn about ISO 9001

You will need to get some general training on ISO 9000 so you understand what you need to do in your company to meet the requirements of the standard.

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Develop and document your ISO 9001 Quality Manual and Procedures

The biggest portion of the project is looking at your current processes, and redesigning them to address all of the requirements in the standard. Once you have modified or developed processes to meet the standard, you will need to control those processes. Documenting the processes as Quality System procedures is part of this control.

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Use and improve your QMS

Once your system is developed and documented, employees will follow the procedures collect records and make improvements to the system. For approximately three months or more, your organization will run the QMS, collecting records. This prepares the organization for an Audit by a Registrar.

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Achieving Registration

To get your Registration, you will need to select a Registrar and they will come and perform your registration audit, and then regular surveillance audits. During these audits, the Auditor will be looking at your QMS to make sure that it meets the requirements of the standard. If they find that there are pieces of your QMS that do not meet the requirements, they will document a "Nonconformance". Your registration will be dependant on your correcting any nonconformances that are found.

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