With the increase in competition day by day ISO certificate helps to create the business credibility and improve the effectiveness of the business. A person can obtain ISO certification only when the quality standards prescribed by the international organization of standardization have been applied to the product or the service.
In India ISO certificates are issued by the duly authorized national standardized body of the ISO called the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). In order to obtain an ISO certification first of all the applicant is required to determine the type of the ISO he requires. There are broadly four types of ISO certification in India including ISO 9001 2008 for Quality Management, ISO 14001 for Environmental Management, ISO 27001 for Information security Management and ISO 22008 for Food Safety Management.
Further after selecting the type of ISO certificate you require you must carefully choose the ISO certification body. One crucial thing to be noted here is that ISO itself does not provide certification to the companies.
After selecting the desired type ISO certificate and the issuing body every applicant must follow the below mentioned procedure to obtain ISO certification.
Procedure of obtaining ISO certificate in India is as follows-
1. Drafting a contract- To start the procedure ancontract must be made between the applicant and registrar. It is mandatory that the applicant and the registrar should agree on a contract. Usually rights and obligations of both party and liability issues, confidentiality, and access rights are included in this contract.
2. Checking of the Documents- The various quality manuals & documents related to various policies & procedures being followed in the organization will be checked by the ISO auditor. He may identify the possible loopholes against the requirements stipulated in the ISO standards by conducting a review.
3. Preparing the action plan- The applicant must prepare an appropriate action plan according to the existing loopholes in the organization of applicant as communicated by the ISO auditor after checking the documents. Further you must train your employees to work efficiently while adapting to new procedures.
4. Initial certification Audit- As soon as the company incorporates the changes suggested by the ISO auditor he will once again audit the changes made. The whole procedure of re verification will be divided by him into major and minor nonconformities. After the audit the applicant is required to carefully assess all these non-conformities and get it aligned as per the desired quality standards through modification in the techniques and processes used by the organization.
Further, the ISO auditor undertakes the final audit will check whether all the non-conformities have been eliminated or not as per ISO quality standards. In case the ISO auditor is satisfied, the applicant will prepares the final ISO audit report and forward it to the registrar.
5. Acquiring ISO certification- After all, non-conformities are addressed and all the findings are put in the ISO audit report, the registrar will grant the applicant the ISO certification.