What Does ISO 9001 Certification Mean?
ISO 9001 Certified means that the organization has met the requirements designated under ISO 9001 (which you can read in full here). ISO 9001 requires organizations to define and follow a quality management system that is both appropriate and effective while also requiring them to identify areas for improvement and take action toward those improvements.
As a result, it’s typically understood that an organization claiming ISO 9001 certification is an organization with products and services that meet quality standards.
In a global marketplace, checks and balances need to be in place. Otherwise, it would be difficult to maintain consistency and quality across industries and nations. International standards help to keep a level playing field, and one such organization is ISO.
What is ISO Certification?
ISO certification certifies that a management system, manufacturing process, service, or documentation procedure has all the requirements for standardization and quality assurance. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental, international organization that develops standards to ensure the quality, safety, and efficiency of products, services, and systems.
ISO certifications exist in many areas of industry, from energy management and social responsibility to medical devices and energy management. ISO standards are in place to ensure consistency. Each certification has separate standards and criteria and is classified numerically. For instance, the ISO certification we currently hold at Saturn Industries is ISO 9001:2015.
ISO 9001 Definition
The certification ISO 9001:2015 includes three components: ISO, 9001, and 2015. Here’s what each component represents:
ISO – As mentioned above, ISO refers to the International Organization for Standardization. This organization develops the standards, and it does in order to certify businesses or organizations. Certification is handled third-party and tested annually.
9001 – The number appearing after ISO classifies the standard. All standards within the ISO 9000 family refer to quality management. ISO 9001 is among ISO’s best-known standards, and it defines the criteria for meeting a number of quality management principles. It helps businesses and organizations be more efficient and improve customer satisfaction.
2015 – The final number in an ISO certification refers to the version of the standard that’s being met and is represented by the calendar year those standards were launched. The newest version, ISO 9001:2015, was launched in September 2015, and Saturn Industries meets the specifications of this newest version.