As experts in the industry, you can trust us to take you through the process of becoming ISO 9001 certified both quickly and cost effectively. In this guide we outline the top 10 reasons why you should become certified to the internationally recognised Quality Management Standard, ISO 9001.
1. IT INCREASES CHANCES OF WINNING PUBLIC SECTOR TENDERS
Government bodies continue to stipulate Quality Management Systems in their tenders. ISO 9001 is an internationally recognised standard, with certification ensuring organisations meet a high level of quality. By asking for ISO 9001 from contractors, the public sector can prove it is spending tax payer’s money wisely, whilst not having to waste time checking an organisation’s credentials. With ISO 9001 certification from a UKAS accredited body, the certificate does the talking!
ISO 9001 is revered within government. It’s no surprise that without ISO 9001, many clients simply wouldn’t have won the work.
2. IT INCREASES CHANCES OF WINNING PRIVATE SECTOR TENDERS
It’s not just the public sector that deems ISO 9001 so important. As major organisations realised the benefits of ISO 9001, they started to demand it of their suppliers too. By making ISO 9001 a requirement throughout the supply chain, it ensures quality is at a consistent high level, reducing risk.
3. IT HELPS MEET LEGAL AND REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS
Many industries have specific legal and regulatory requirements that you must adhere to; some you may not be aware of. Going through ISO 9001 implementation ensures you meet all current legislation, saving any potential embarrassment.
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4. IT CAN LOWER INSURANCE PREMIUMS
Complying with legislation of course lowers your potential risks. Many companies find that their insurance premiums are therefore reduced when they have ISO 9001, partly thanks to the additional aspect of having third party verification for their quality management.
5. IT IMPROVES CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
An integral aspect of ISO 9001 is customer satisfaction. It focuses on the customer instead of purely business goals by gaining feedback and analysing it. The standard will help you improve the quality of your service, adopting a ‘right first time’ attitude. The message ISO 9001 certification sends out to customers is an important one too.
An independent verification of your quality management system demonstrates your commitment to quality, customer service and continuous improvement.
6. IT IMPROVES OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY
Over the years, organisations can develop a variety of processes and ways of doing things. ISO 9001 encourages well defined and documented procedures that improve the consistency of your organisation’s output, by replacing any current practices that are obsolete or inefficient. With procedures in place for when problems occur, corrective action is then taken. Over time, this efficiency of process leads to fewer mistakes, and those that do occur, are caught earlier.
7. IT REDUCES RE-WORK
Greater efficiency means fewer errors, which means less re-work, product scrap and rejections. You may find you already had processes in place for many business functions, but ISO 9001 helps improve or eradicate obsolete processes that are counter-productive. The standard introduces better process control and flow, improves documentation of processes, and creates awareness of quality among employees.
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8. PROMOTE CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT
A fundamental part of all ISO management standards is continual improvement, challenging you to strive to make regular improvements.
9. IT INCREASES PROFIT MARGINS
With improved management processes, the greater efficiency gained from implementing ISO 9001 can lead to an improvement to the bottom line. With improved processes leading to less overall work, this results in cost savings when delivering the product/service.
10. INCREASE EMPLOYEE MOTIVATION
It is fair to say, that with proper processes in place, staff will feel more at ease with their job roles, leading to greater job satisfaction and motivation, especially when they are made aware of how quality and overall success depends on them.
Of course, achieving certification to an internationally recognised quality management standard is something to be proud of, so becoming certified should be celebrated! Including your staff throughout the process is key to getting both buy-in and motivation.
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