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									ISO 9001 accreditation

The ISO 9001 accreditation is part of the International Organization for
Standardization 9000 standards. They are awarded to businesses for quality. The 9001
is recognized worldwide as an award for a company's internal quality management or
actions that the company takes to ensure the product or service they provide is of the
highest quality. Customer satisfaction is a major factor in whether a company will be
awarded an ISO 9001 accreditation.

There are many benefits for a company to have an ISO 9001 accreditation and the
most important being that it gives a great impression of the business. If companies are
planning to tender for a contract with a Local Authority for example, it can be one of
the required criteria. Some of the other benefits include continuously detailed and
quality driven running of your business, an improvement in customer satisfaction,
improved business status, and an increase in staff motivation. A business can even
integrate the ISO 9001 with other ISO standards such as those for health and safety,
environmental and information security to further enhance the status of the company.
The ISO standards all integrate together effortlessly so a business should have no
problems maintaining ISO standards in all areas.

To get an ISO 9001 accreditation, your business will have to prepare and look for help
and advice. You can check the ISO website for any advice on how to begin the
process. You will need to find out everything you can before applying to see what you
need to implement into your business. Find out as much as possible as this will ease
your application process. Once you have decided to apply, a Lead Assessor will be
appointed to you to help guide you through the whole process. Your lead assessor will
be your first point of contact throughout and he or she should be able to answer any
questions you have.

Stage one of the application process is the pre-audit assessment. This is where your
lead assessor will visit your premises and make a report of everything you need to
implement in order to gain your accreditation. After the visit you will be given a
detailed report on all the necessary actions which need to be taken. You can then set a
deadline for completing the required actions.

The second stage is the audit assessment. This will be set up for you by your lead
assessor and an auditor will visit your premises and will notify you of any
recommendations before leaving. If the auditor recommends that you be awarded the
ISO 9001 accreditation, it will be confirmed shortly afterwards formally. You will
then receive your ISO certification. However, the process does not end there. If you
are awarded the certificate it is up to you to maintain the standards of quality that you
have set. You will be continually assessed to ensure that your standards are
maintained. You will still have the services of your lead assessor to help you to meet
any requirements which are set down by the ISO 9001 standard.

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