ISO Certification

ISO certification-An Introduction

ISO certification certifies that a management system, manufacturing process, service, or documentation procedure has all the requirements for standardization and quality assurance. Certification can be a useful tool to add credibility, by demonstrating that your product or service meets the expectations of your customers. For some industries, certification is a legal or contractual requirement. 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. ISO does not perform certification. ISO, develops International Standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, but are not involved in their certification, and do not issue certificates. This is performed by external certification bodies, thus a company or organization cannot be certified by ISO. Thus the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a non-governmental system of national agencies whose resolution is the advancement of universal standards for government and business. Global standards are planned for trade between nations. They deliver a technical base and an arrangement of the best management practices. Measures guarantee safe organizational techniques and products that lessen the ecological effect. ISO Standards advantage business and trade by abridging procedures and decreasing an association’s environmental risk. Consumers are also advantaged by learning that best in class practices are thus created for worldwide relevancy. However ISO's Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO) has produced a number of standards related to the certification processes, which are used by certification bodies.

Certification– the provision by an independent body of written assurance (a certificate) that the product, service or system in question meets specific requirements.

Accreditation – the formal recognition by an independent body, generally known as an accreditation body that a certification body operates according to international standards. The International Organization for Standardization owns the registered trademarks abbreviated as, "ISO" and also owns the registered trademarks for the ISO logo. Hence, use restricted to ISO members and technical committees only i.e. Only ISO,ISO members, and ISO technical committees (TCs) are allowed to use the ISO logo and ISO short name in accordance with ISO Policies. All others are generally not allowed to use ISO’s trademarks