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ISO: Ensure Compliance and Best Practices

ISO: Ensure Compliance and Best Practices 9

ISO offers businesses a way to standardise and regulate business processes, keep the highest quality and practices. 

Standards are vital in any industry. They provide a set of guidelines for carrying out particular processes. Checks and balances are necessary to guarantee consistency across different sectors. The International Organisation for Standardisation was created for this reason. ISO is an independent, international body that develops regulations to help various entities satisfy consumer demands. It essentially provides a formula for doing certain things. International standards ensure the safety, efficiency and quality of products, systems and services.

International standardisation started with simple items like weights and measures. Now there are frameworks for just about everything from toy manufacture to Wi-Fi systems to clothing. ISO’s have become significant parts of today’s business work day. For this reason, businesses must learn whatever is necessary to capitalise on these guidelines and their benefits. When a company bills itself as ISO-certified, it means that it satisfies the requirements of a particular standard.

What is ISO, its function and why so important?

What does ISO mean? It is an acronym for the International Organization for Standardization.  

ISO is the Greek word “isos,” which means equal.

ISO was founded in 1947 and has published a staggering 23565 International Standards in that time, and has standards institutes in 164 countries all over the world. Working together to create industry standards covering almost all aspects of business and technology.

Its main function is to give you a recipe of the best way to complete something.

What is the role of ISO?

It offers a way for businesses to improve processes, increase safety standards, and improve quality and consistency in a number of areas.

They can be used to enforce processes and procedures and improve overall quality management while offering a way to help reduce costs by improving procedures.

Think of it like a formula for doing something the best way possible with detailed steps and description of how. Just like a checklist to follow.

What are the different ISO Standards?

ISO has more than 19,000 types of standards and develops 1,000 new standards every year.

ISO 9000 / 9001 – Quality Management Systems 

ISO/IEC 27000 – Information Technology

ISO 14000 – Environmental  Management Systems

ISO 22000 – Food safety standards

ISO 45001  – Health and Safety

ISO 50001 – Energy Management

ISO 26000 – Social Responsibility

ISO 31000 – Risk Management

ISO 13485 – Medical Devices

ISO 37001 -Anti-bribery Management System

What are the most widely used ISO standards?

ISO certification has been going on for several decades. In that time, new regulations came up, and some old ones received updates. Some standards are more popular than others. 

ISO 9001 standardisation for quality management: Certification for this standard is available for all types of businesses. Over 1 million companies across 170 countries have quality management certification. The regulation promotes continuous quality improvements.

ISO 2700 information security management systems (ISMS): This collection of standards is tailored to ensure the safety and security of information assets. With the reliance on big data for business decisions, it makes sense why this certification is so popular. The guidelines cover employee information, financial data, intellectual property and data entrusted to third parties.

ISO 1400 environmental Management System: The need for organisations to be more eco-friendly grows by the day. Therefore, it became necessary to have international standards for environmental management (14000). This group of regulations provides businesses with useful tools in how to be more environmentally responsible.

Companies should strive to stay up to date about new and revised standards. Checking with the International Organisation for Standardisation is the best way to do that. However, various online platforms are dedicated to educating people about international standards. Training for international standards certification can vary depending on the requirements. Note that the organisation for standardisation is not responsible for certification.

Why do we need iso standards?

Certification in international standards is costly and requires significant commitment. A company should also be prepared to take on the expenses of maintaining certification. So, enterprises must be aware of the various benefits of international standards to see if they are worth the investment.

For one, certification eases trade. Companies can conduct business with suppliers, buyers and other enterprises with confidence. The credentials allow trading parties to trust each other. You can be sure about the quality of the offerings you receive. Conversely, buyers feel the same about you. Building trust becomes less complicated, and that streamlines transactions.

ISO Benefits for Business

International standards give you a competitive edge and a level of authority in your field. It’s why ISO-certified companies are quick to advertise their status. The credentials provide a degree of guarantee. When consumers see that certification mark, they know that your organisation does everything to remain compliant. This assurance enhances your relationship with customer.

Performance, Efficiency and Productivity: The guidelines help boost the efficiency of different processes.  

Know what needs doing and who is responsible for completing it. Business processes will avoid duplication of tasks, identify problems and help solve them quickly. 

Example: If it’s food manufacturing, for example, employees know how to meet the established standards. Therefore, workers save time by focusing on specific tasks. 

Consistency: Certification means that you have a set of best practices to follow to ensure quality and consistency. Documented detailed specifications to ensure products and services operate the way you expect them to.

Conformity: It can also help identify what legislation is relevant for your industry and ensure you comply with it.

Improve Safety: Standards that cover all aspects of product safety

Reduce Costs & Increase Profit: Prevent problems from reoccurring, saving time and reducing mistakes. Provides ways to assess processes and encourage continuous improvement.

Example: Food manufacturing industry for instance if the tools are already in place, companies reduce errors and, consequently, wastage.

Customer Satisfaction: Consistency in level of service and production is beneficial for customers. But also establishing standards for codes of conduct in the way complaints are handled and disputes resolved.

ISO certification is essential for numerous businesses. However, undertaking this journey and ensuring compliance is not always easy. With the right professionals and tools, your company can ensure that it stays compliant and reap the benefits of different international standards.

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