Did you know that ISO has over 20,500 International Standards covering almost all aspects of technology and business? Sounds like a lot, right? A lot of work? A lot of time and paperwork? That’s quite often the reason given for not seeking certification.
But international certification brings many benefits and, as Australian businesses set out their goals and plans for 2016, they really should be arranging to talk to a quality assurance consultant.
International Standards bring economical, technological and societal benefits that will result in long-term gain for a business.
Quality Management System ISO 9001 in particular will help business owners harmonise all areas of their enterprise, while reassuring their customers that their products and services are safe, reliable and environmentally sound.
Not a hindrance
Far from being seen as a hindrance, businesses should view ISO Standards as useful and important tools, put in place to help them.
Quality Management System consultants can show you how you can reduce your production costs and management costs, increase customer satisfaction, increase your market share and access new markets, and reduce your environmental impact.
Quality Management System consultants can then provide the training needed to put these tools in place, and achieve certification.
And to those small to medium-sized businesses saying they can’t, they will say ‘you can’!
Indeed, ISO itself points out that SMBs probably need these Standards the most, as it will help them compete and increase their market share in a competitive world.
By choosing the right Quality Management System consultants, a business will have access to a tailor-made system, best suited to their industry. An off-the-shelf package is not the solution.
Quality Management System ISO 9001 is an excellent start, as it enables all areas of a business to work together.
SMBs hoping to achieve government tenders, or supply larger companies, will find ISO certification a necessity, as that is usually one of the major requirements.
In fairness, that big company doesn’t know you or your business, but evidence of ISO certification shows you are doing things correctly – it’s proof of quality, if you like. As competition in the marketplace intensifies, seeking the help of a quality assurance consultant is highly recommended.