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ISO Registration and Certification - Overview

ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization which as is an independent international organisation that develops International Standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. But they are not responsible for issue of ISO certification or registration and do not issue ISO certificates. External certification organizations in India are authorized for issuance of the ISO certification and its process. In this article we shall guide you through the ISO Certification process in details.

ISO Certification is obligatory to form certain standards that ensure the quality, safety, and efficiency of products and services. It also takes the responsibility of ensuring that the products and services of the organization meet the customer and regulatory requirements.

Moreover, ISO Certification helps in demonstrating continuous development. It also certifies that the respective process has fulfilled all the criteria for standardization and quality inspection. The certification is issued in various categories and every ISO Registration has a different set of criteria established.

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Types of ISO Certification

First of all, the entrepreneur is required to choose the type of ISO certification required for the business. There are various types of ISO certification available, which are mentioned below:

ISO 9001:2008- Quality Management

OHSAS 18001 – Occupational Health & Safety Management

ISO 37001 – Anti-bribery management

ISO 31000 – Risk Management

ISO 27001 – Information Security Management

ISO 10002 – Compliant Management

ISO 14001:2015 – Environment Management

ISO 26000 – Social Responsibility

ISO 28000 – Security Management

ISO 22008 – Food Safety Management

SA 8000 – Social accountability

EnMS EN 16001 ISO 50001 – Energy Management

SO/IEC 17025 – Testing and calibration laboratories

SO, 13485 – Medical devices

ISO 639 – Language codes

ISO 4217 – Currency codes

ISO 3166 – Country codes

ISO 8601 – Date and time format

ISO 20121 – Sustainable events

SO/IEC 27001 – Information security management

Benefits of ISO Certification

There are several advantages of obtaining ISO certificate.

Enhances Business Efficacy: ISO certification plays a very crucial role in increasing credibility in overseas business and in enhancing business efficacy.

Improves Market Appeal: ISO Certification widens the scope of potential of the organization in terms of marketability.

Improve Customer Services: ISO helps in the betterment of customer services and satisfaction, and to encourage the organization to deliver the best quality services.

Global Credibleness: If the organization wishes to expand the business globally; ISO Certification plays an important role to build the credit worthiness of the business.

Improves Quality of Products and services: ISO Certification improves the product and service quality i.e.; it ensures that the product and service meet the standards of international quality standards. If the product fails to meet the requirements of international standards, it will face non-acceptance on the grounds of quality issues.

Government Tenders: ISO Certification is enables business organizations to bid for Government Tenders.

Documents Required for ISO Certification

Following are the documents required for ISO Registration.

Identity and address proof of the Applicant- copy of PAN Card and Aadhar card.

Passport Size Photograph of the applicant latest

Utility Bill or Electricity Bill

Copy of Sale deed in case of owned property

Rent Agreement if the place of business is a rented property

Certificate of Incorporation and MOA &AOA - for a company

Procedure for ISO Registration

The procedure for ISO Registration is described below:

Step-1: Select the appropriate type Of Certification

The very first step is to choose the right type of certification according to your business.

Step-2: Application filing

Once the applicant selects the ISO standard; it shall make an application in a respective form according to the ISO registrar. The application shall include the power and responsibilities of the applicant and certification body.

Step-3: Submit required Documents

Application shall be filed along with the required documents and the same will be reviewed and verified by the ISO certification body. ISO Certification body will assess all the quality manuals and documents related to various policies being followed in the organization.

Step-4: Early Verification of The Quality Management System

To identify any significant loophole in the Organization, the Pre-assessment (Initial review) of the Quality Management System in an organization is carried out by the registrar and will also provide an opportunity to rectify the deficiencies before the regular registration assessment is conducted.

Step-5: Preparation of An Action Plan

Once the initial review of the Quality management system is completed, the ISO registrar notifies the existing gaps in the organization, and to eliminate these issues the applicant has to prepare an action plan. The action plan should contain the list of the requisite work to be performed to meet the Quality Management System.

Step-6: Audit by The Registrar of the premise

The registrar will conduct an inspection of the premise to audit the changes made in the organization. However, if the registrar finds that the requisite changes do not meet the criteria of the ISO standards, the registrar will categorize the organization into two categories depending on severity.

  • a) Minor Non-compliances
  • b) Major Non-compliances

Note-The ISO registration cannot be proceeded until all significant non-compliances are closed by the Registrar while doing a re-audit.

Step-7: Obtaining the ISO Certificate

The registrar will issue the ISO certificate only when all the requirements have been fulfilled and all the non-conformities have been resolved and updated in the ISO audit report.

Timeframe for ISO Certification

ISO Registration processing time varies from organisation to organisation. The ISO certification organization will notify the details and processing time for completion of ISO certification after assessing the size of the business.

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We, at Tax Seva Kendra recommend companies to get ISO certification as it sets an expectation in the company of international standards. Our team of experts offer assistance and support in every phase of the certification process

TAX SEVA KENDRA is one of the platforms which strive to fulfil all your legal and financial requirements and connect you to excellent professionals. If you have any questions about the ISO Registration process, our experienced representatives are available 24x7. We will ensure that your communication with our executives is pleasant, helpful and seamless.

FAQ on ISO Registration

What is the price of ISO Certification?

ISO Certification costs vary based on the size of a business entity and the level at which the company is operating concerning the procedures.

Can we choose any ISO accreditation?

No, a person is not eligible to choose any ISO accreditation as all ISO accreditations are genuine, specific and valid. Before choosing, it is essential to pick the appropriate ones.

Can a startup business get ISO certification?

Yes, one can get ISO certification for a start-up venture as well. However, it depends on the business strategies to get such certification.

How long will it be valid?

The ISO certificate is valid for a period of 3 years. The re-approval or renewal can be applied before the expiry of the certificate that is before the 3rd year ends.

Why does an organization require ISO Certification?

By obtaining the ISO certificate adds to the credibility and customer confidence which adds to the company's reputation and scope of development and expansion. ISO marks the assurance of quality and goodwill of a company which obviously is beneficial for the companies.

Does an ISO certification render as a permit or a license?

An ISO certification only certifies standards, it doesn't involve in activities concerning permits and licenses. Even though you may have an ISO certification, you still need government and authority permission, permits and licenses to run your business.

What advantages does international standardization bring to consumers?

For consumers, the worldwide compatibility of technology which is achieved when products and services are according to International Standards, provides them a wide range of offers, and they also benefit from the effects of competition among the suppliers. They are also assured of the standard quality being adhered.

How do we know that a company is an ISO certified entity?

When a company obtains an ISO Certification, it will receive a certificate bearing a unique registration number. Using such a unique number over accreditation’s body website one can verify whether the business is an ISO certified company or not.

What is the time taken for processing the ISO certification for various Industries?

The time involved in the process to get an ISO certificate varies from organisation to organisation and its size as well. It takes about six months to get the ISO certificate for even small businesses in India. The time mostly depends on the size of the business.

Below we have summarized an approximate idea of time taken.

-for small organisations: 6 to 8 months.

- for medium organisations: 8 to 12 months.

-for large organisations: 12 to 15 months.

Is ISO 9001 mandatory?

No, ISO 9001 is not mandatory. One may need to have ISO 9001 certification to be eligible for tenders and work.

What is meant by ISO audit?

ISO audit is implemented to check the quality process system so as to ensure that the organisation is following the requirements as laid down in the regulations. Once you receive an ISO certification, ISO audit needs to be conducted on an annual basis.

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