ISO 9001 Assessment Process

The ISO 9001 is a comprehensive standard that covers each and every aspect of a business's management system. It is therefore, considered vital to have ISO 9001 certification. In order for a company to get this certification, it has to pass through an assessment process. Only after going through this assessment process and passing it, the company would be able to announce itself as being ISO 9001 certified.

Preparationsbefore the Assessment for ISO 9001 Certification

It is extremely important that you make the following preparations before inviting an external assessor or appointing someone internally for conducting an assessment for ISO 9001 certification.

  • Inform employees about the assessment and get them on board regarding the ISO 9001 certification
  • Start preparing for the assessment at least 3 to 6 months in advance
  • Make sure that you have the information about current systems
  • Make improvement in your system in accordance with ISO 9001 requirements
  • Develop and revise your quality manual so that it fulfils ISO 9001 requirements
  • Find out the areas of your system that do not comply with the standard
  • Come up with a monitoring schedule to ensure the effective working of the system
  • Scrutinize the training requirements for employees
  • Conduct an internal audit and a company management review
  • Set up a date for the first assessment for ISO 9001 certification

What Happens in the ISO 9001 Assessment Process?

The ISO 9001 assessment process is divided into two stages. In the first stage, the assessor simply visits the premises and informs you about the requirements that you need to fulfil in order to gain the certification. The assessor is then going to prepare a checklist based on the requirements of the ISO 9001 for the second stage of assessment in which he/she will perform the audit and check whether your system conforms to the standard or not.