WHAT IS ISO 9001:2015 – QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS?
ISO 9001 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. It is the most popular standard in the ISO 9000 series and the only standard in the series to which organizations can certify.
There are five requirements to achieve ISO 9001 certification:
Quality Management system
According to the American Society for Quality, a quality management system (QMS), is a “formalized system that documents processes, procedures, and responsibilities for achieving quality policies and objectives.” A QMS will allow a company to meet customer needs and continually improve its effectiveness and efficiency. A quality management system should help an organization recognize and then address their needs, in addition to their customers’ needs. All quality management systems have similar elements which help achieve this goal:
Leaders in the organization will need to have the following: Customer Commitment and Focus,Quality Policy,Quality Objectives,QMS Plans,Defined Responsibilities, Authority, and Communication ,Management Review
Management will be required to provide resources to their employees across multiple departments to understand, implement, and maintain ISO requirements: Infrastructure Resource,Work Environment,Human Resources,Competence,Awareness,Training for HR
This section of the ISO 9001 is the only area where organizations can choose to opt-out of some of the requirements mentioned. For example, companies that do not provide design work or services can disregard the section outlining design requirements.
The remaining requirements that must be fulfilled by companies seeking ISO 9001 certification are related to planning for products and/or services:
Determining and reviewing product or service requirements
Design and development
Creating and supplying the product or service
Control of equipment used to monitor or measure the product or service
Measurement, analysis, and improvement
This final section of the ISO 9001 outlines the tools needed to understand how effective your QMS is and whether or not it builds a foundation for continual improvement
Reviewing the Application & Sign up the contract between ARL Middle East and applicant organization.
Issue of certificate.
Surveillance audit (annually or Half-yearly) as concluded during the application review process and agreed by the client.
Re-Certification Audit (within three years before the expiry of certificate).