What is the difference between IAF & non-IAF ISO certification bodies?
It is beyond any doubt that the ISO certification process gives an authentic recognition to an organisation as regards quality management and efficiency. As a matter of fact, every kind of recognition is considered authentic or genuine only if its accredited by a globally recognised autonomous body. The task of accreditation of the business organisations worldwide is carried out by some highly acclaimed institutions called as accreditation bodies.
Accreditation bodies operate from various countries with the primary objective of ensuring that the ISO certified organisations aptly comply with the conformity assessment guidelines that are set by International Organization for Standardization (ISO). On the basis of those clearly defined guidelines, different types of ISO certification are conferred to the applicant entities by the Accreditation bodies. These bodies strictly adhere to the directives of the ISO and make sure that the same is duly implemented by the certified entities.
#1. WHO DOES CERTIFY THESE ACCREDITATION BODIES?
There’s a global federation for all the accreditation bodies worldwide, that regulates these accreditation bodies, which is known as International Accreditation Forum or IAF. The task of IAF is to check any sort of negligence by an accreditation body while implementation of the quality specifications and carrying out theISO certification process.
#2. WHAT IS MEANT BY ACCREDITATION?
Accreditation is the process of independent evaluation of entities against specified benchmarks as to ensure their excellence and competence. Through the application of global standards, government, suppliers and consumers can gain the trust in the validity of the audit, examination reports and ISO certification thus provided.
#3. HOW DOES IAF ENSURE A FAIR PROCESS OF CERTIFICATION BY THE ACCREDITATION BODIES?
For a quality management system (QMS) to be considered valid, the ISO certificate must be received from an unbiased, acclaimed Accreditation body upon quality assessment. The certificates can also be issued by unreliable bodies, and such certificates will be definitely questionable. IAF ensures uniform and unprejudiced implementation of ISO standard across all the Accreditation bodies that are its members. The IAF member bodies are required to conduct regular audits of the certified entities to ensure that they consistently conform to globally accepted quality standards.
#4. WHERE IS IT NECESSARY TO GET ISO CERTIFICATION SERVICES FROM IAF MEMBER BODY?
There are specific spheres where the preference is given only to the IAF approved ISO certificate. One such instance is of application for government tenders. Very importantly, the government and administrations approve civic work projects only to the IAF approved ISO certified companies, as they are deemed to be consistently compliant with global quality standards and fit for such works.
#5. Which one of the 2 certifications should we opt for- IAF or non-IAF?
In case of cost consideration, getting a non-IAF ISO certification is much feasible as it does not require quality audits at regular intervals. The IAF member bodies are supposed to conduct regular audits, for which they charge huge amount as audit fee. Small businesses with limited resources need not get IAF certifications. Such certification is mandatory mainly in case of the application for government tenders.
What is ISO Certification ?
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations.
Founded on 23 February 1947, the organization promotes worldwide proprietary, industrial and commercial standards. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland,and works in 162 countries.
It was one of the first organizations granted general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
The International Organization for Standardization is an independent, non-governmental organization, the members of which are the standards organizations of the 168member countries. It is the world's largest developer of voluntary international standards and facilitates world trade by providing common standards between nations. Over twenty thousand standards have been set covering everything from manufactured products and technology to food safety, agriculture and healthcare.
Use of the standards aids in the creation of products and services that are safe, reliable and of good quality. The standards help businesses increase productivity while minimizing errors and waste. By enabling products from different markets to be directly compared, they facilitate companies in entering new markets and assist in the development of global trade on a fair basis. The standards also serve to safeguard consumers and the end-users of products and services, ensuring that certified products conform to the minimum standards set internationally
International Standards are developed by ISO technical committees (TC) and subcommittees (SC) by a process with six steps:
- Stage 1: Proposal stage
- Stage 2: Preparatory stage
- Stage 3: Committee stage
- Stage 4: Enquiry stage
- Stage 5: Approval stage
- Stage 6: Publication stage
ABOUT ISO CERTIFICATION
Set of Standards
The International Organization for Standardization, ISO series describes set of standards for a Quality Management System based on the process model.
ISO emphasis on achieving customer satisfaction for any general product or service.
A certified quality management system demonstrates entity commitment to quality product and services and customer satisfaction.
Fulfill Tender Eligibility
ISO certification an essential requirement before carrying on business with a new vendor & eligibility to enter global markets.
ISO certification helps business entity winning private and public contracts.
ISO certification helps in build customer satisfaction & improve operational eficiency within the organization.
ISO CERTIFICATION PROCESS
- Upload the required documents and information to our web portal
- Consult our business advisor regarding various accreditation body and standards
- Our professional will verify the validity of documents and Information provided
- On Confirmation, make online payment with different payments modes available
- Carry ISO Consultancy, Documentation and Implementation
- On successful audit, Independent certification body shall issue ISO certificate.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ISO CERTIFICATION
- Registration Proof of Business
- Certificate of Incorporation
- GST Certificate
- MSME Certificate
- Letter Head or Visiting Card
- Invoice Details
- Sale Invoice
- Purchase Invoice
- Description of business