ISO 9001 is generally considered the world's most important quality standard. Several million companies have already achieved ISO 9001 certification, and the number is increasing daily. The current version of the ISO 9001 standard is called "ISO 9001:2015".
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ISO 9001:2015 is the core of the ISO 9000 family of standards; it contains all the requirements that you need to follow in order to get ISO 9001 certified.
The key requirement is to develop a comprehensive ISO 9001 documentation. Your ISO 9001 documentation will specify how your individual company is applying the rather generic requirements listed in the ISO 9001:2015 standard. In order to get ISO 9001 certified, your company needs to follow the requirements written in your ISO 9001 documentation, while your ISO 9001 documentation must be prepared in accordance to the requirements of ISO 9001:2015.
This makes your ISO 9001 documentation the most important part of ISO 9001 .
Your company's ISO 9001 documentation must reflect each and every requirement of ISO 9001:2015. These requirements affect virtually all aspects of your company (not only the quality control function, as some people wrongly believe).
The following documents are required:
a quality manual
six quality procedures
a quality policy
company-specific work instructions
The ISO 9001 procedures, the quality policy, the quality objectives, and the process flow chart can be combined in one or more documents depending on your preferences. Whatever structure you choose for your documentation, it is mandatory that all pertinent ISO 9001:2015 requirements are properly addressed in these documents.
The company-specific work instructions are different from the above listed documents because format and content are less restrictive. The work instructions contain step-by-step instructions on how to perform a work process; they typically written by the company staff that performs the actual work.
The ISO 9001 forms are documents that are used in daily business operations. Within certain limits, there are few restrictions regarding content and format. However, ISO 9001:2015 requires specific data to be recorded, so any good ISO 9001 form would ensure that all required data can be recorded in the most efficient way.
As explained above, the ISO 9001 documentation is the most important part of your ISO 9001 system. It is also the most difficult part due to the numerous requirements that your ISO 9001 documentation must meet.
This makes the use of templates an obvious choice for your ISO 9001 documentation.
As mentioned earlier, your ISO 9001 documentation must meet all the rather complicated ISO 9001:2015 requirements, and it must be specific to your company. Our ISO 9001 forms and templates have been professionally developed and extensively audited in order to ensure that they meet all ISO 9001:2015 requirements. In addition, our forms and templates have been specifically designed to be customized by you; together with the included customization instructions, our ISO 9001 templates are readily customized to be specific to your own company.
This is not only an easy way to develop your ISO 9001 documentation, it is also an inexpensive and error-free method.
The ISO 9001 documentation, particularly quality manual and procedures, are the core of your ISO 9001 quality management system. However, in order to gain ISO 9001 certification, more than good documentation is required. This is a quick overview of the steps needed to achieve ISO 9001 certification:
1) Write your ISO 9001 documentation. This important step is easy if you use our forms and templates. Professional customer service is included so you can always can get help if you need any.
2) Implement the ISO 9001 quality manual and quality procedures. Unless your company has been following other quality management systems, it is likely that your newly created quality manual and quality procedures will require you to do some things differently. You will need to adjust business processes and train employees so that your new quality manual and quality procedures are being followed.
3) Keep records. ISO 9001 requires you to keep many records. Our ISO 9001 forms are ideal: they not only help you meet the record keeping requirements, but they can also serve as step-by-step guides on how to perform certain required processes (for example, the selection of your vendors).
4) Get audited. After your ISO 9001 quality management system has been implemented for at least 2 months, you are ready for evaluation by an independent auditor. After passing the audit (and correcting any possible nonconformities), you'll receive your ISO 9001 certificate.
You will likely want to read the ISO 9001:2015 standard and all its requirements. The ISO 9001:2015 standard is available for download directly from ANSI.
If you like to learn more, there are public training classes available in major cities (search the internet) as well as distance learning through online courses (for example, 9001Courses.com).
Good luck with this exciting and rewarding project!
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