UKAS Accredited ISO9001 Certification
ExVeritas have UKAS accreditation to ISO/IEC17021:2015 allowing us to issue UKAS accredited ISO9001 Certification. Having a certificate issued by a UKAS accredited certifier is your guarantee that your ISO9001 Certification will be recognised and respected by any procurement team or buyer worldwide.
For companies involved with potentially explosive atmosphere equipment or services, ExVeritas are one of only a handful of companies world-wide that can issue ISO9001 along with ATEX QAN, IECEx QAR and INMETRO Quality approvals, so by combining your QMS audits ExVeritas can visit once and you get all necessary QMS Certification faster and with a cost saving!
Why UKAS accredited ISO9001 Certification?
There is a European-wide, and in some cases global, agreement that each country should have a single National Accreditation Body to oversee Certification Bodies such as ExVeritas. The UK’s only National Accreditation Body is the United Kingdom Accreditation Service who are supported by UK Government.
If you are seeking qualification for public sector tenders or tenders from large blue chip organisations (as is common in the oil and Gas industry or with utilities) then the expectation is that you should have an ISO certificate from a Certification Body which is accredited by UKAS.
Having a certificate issued by a UKAS accredited certifier is your guarantee that it will be recognised and respected by any procurement team or buyer worldwide.
ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS). It is the most widely used QMS standard in the world, with over 1 million certificates issued to organizations in 178 countries. ISO 9001 provides a framework and set of principles that ensure a common-sense approach to the management of your organization to consistently satisfy customers and other stakeholders. In simple terms, it provides the basis for effective processes and effective people to deliver an effective product or service time after time.
Potential Benefits of UKAS ISO9001:2015 Certification
It is often that case that a certified ISO9001:2015 system is mandatory for bidding for contracts and that has become the driver for many companies, it is however a great overall benefit to businesses when applied properly and not just to get ‘the badge’
o Customer satisfaction. Deliver products that consistently meet customer requirements.
o Reduced operating costs. Continual improvement of processes and resulting operational efficiencies mean money saved.
o Improved stakeholder relationships. Improve the perception of your organization with staff, customers and suppliers.
o Legal compliance. Understand how statutory and regulatory requirements impact your organization and its customers.
o Improved risk management. Greater consistency and traceability of products and services means problems are easier to avoid and rectify.
o Proven business credentials. Independent verification against a globally recognised industry standard speaks volumes.
o Ability to win more business. Procurement specifications often require certification as a condition to supply, so certification opens doors.
How to get your ISO 9001:2015 system Certified.
- Application for registration is made by completing either a Quick Quote online or the ISO 9001 Quote Request Form. This provides information about your organization so we can accurately define the scope of assessment.
- ISO 9001:2015 Gap analysis optional but useful pre-audit review, this can be either desktop (just reviewing the documents you send us without visiting your site) or a pre-audit visit to your business.
- A Formal Audit of your business to ISO 9001 is undertaken by ExVeritas. This is a two stage process, firstly we review your documents and procedures (desktop) and feedback any necessary changes for compliance with ISO9001:2015, then we audit the business to ensure you are following your own processes and procedures.
- Certification Decision to ISO 9001.Certification is issued by ExVeritas and maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three-yearly recertification audit.
ISO 9001:2015 was published in September 2015 and is more compatible with other management systems (such as ISO 18001 or 14001) making it more effective and efficient to integrate management systems. The main features of ISO9001:2015 are:
Context (Position) of the Organization: This is a new concept and relates to the external factors and conditions that could affect an organization and its ability to provide products and services to customer requirements.
Leadership: There are enhanced requirements for top management to demonstrate leadership and commitment directly with the QMS. The QMS is now more of a Business Management System so senior management need to be actively involved (not just delegated to Quality Managers!)
Planning: Requirement to address risks and opportunities and to carefully plan changes within the management system. Risk Assessments are integrated requirements to planning.
Support: Requirements for competence and awareness (now extended to include persons under the organization’s control, not just employees) and communication.
Performance evaluation: This section has similar requirements to the existing standard, but with a new emphasis on evaluation in addition to the monitoring, measuring and analysing requirements.