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ISO certification

Compliance without subservience

It's your business and your management system, but you need to satisfy the auditors in order to remain certified. And they need to satisfy their customer, i.e. you. We can help you get the best from this odd relationship and the certification process. 

Key steps

1. Gap assessment

2. Action plan

3. Select and engage auditors

4. System design

5. Stage 1 certification

6. Go live!

7. Implementation

8. Stage 2 certification

9. Surveillance

10. Improvement

Focus areas

• Interpreting the standards

• Simplifying the process

• Focusing on critical aspects

• Transitioning to new standards

• Aligning to multiple standards

• The UKAS route to certification

Goal

System aligned to ISO standards and approved by a certification body with UKAS accreditation

Q!Engagement

Benefits

When it comes to being audited for ISO approvals, there are many certification bodies (CBs) to choose from. Some are internationally renown and accredited by UKAS (and other IAF bodies). Some are niche players specializing in specific standards. Some are not UKAS accredited or (beware) claim accreditation by an unofficial body. We help you to make a wise choice.

What we do

We suggest a short list of relevant UKAS accredited certification bodies, complete the application forms and obtain competitive quotes. We help you to select and appoint the most suitable and cost-effective CB. We liaise with the CB and their auditors at every stage until certification is achieved.

What you get

Peace of mind that the CB is being managed and appropriate communications are taking place to maximize the likelihood of a smooth audit and award process. This includes attending all on site meetings and conference calls required by the CB. 

Benefits

Every certification body (CB) has its own stage 1 submission process, but we’ve done it enough times with enough different CBs to know what they are looking for.

What we do

We review, finalise and compile all documentation into a stage 1 submission pack, completing any forms required by the certification body (CB).

What you get

Peace of mind that your stage 1 submission and interviews will be successful and your schedule for certification will not be delayed. 

Benefits

The last thing you need after all that preparation is go into the Stage 2 certification audit without a dress rehearsal. Because we know what they tend to focus on, we can make sure you have all the preparations in hand, including team communications and paperwork.

What we do

We carry out the mandatory full internal audit and chair the mandatory full management review meeting, including preparing all the paperwork and helping with staff communications.

What you get

Peace of mind that your stage 2 audit will be successful and certification recommended.

Benefits

We can manage all the stages of certification on your behalf, allowing you to focus on implementing the management system.

What we do

We help you to select the right UKAS accredited certification body. We undertake all correspondence with the CB and management of stage 1 and 2 on on your behalf.

What you get

Peace of mind that the CB is happy and the certification process is under control at all times.

Benefits

Your certification body will carry out a surveillance audits at least annually. It pays to do some preparation, based on areas expected to be audited.

What we do

We carry out an independent audit and review to ensure your house is in order prior to the CB visit.

What you get

Peace of mind that the system is in order and no show-stoppers are lying in wait for the CB auditor.

Benefits

Your certification body will carry out a full re-certification audits every three years. It pays to do a little more for this than the annual surveillance.

What we do

We carry out an independent audit and review to ensure your house is in order prior to the CB visit.

What you get

Peace of mind that the system is in order and no show-stoppers are lying in wait for the CB auditor.

Benefits

ISO standards are usually revised every five years. We can help you navigate the transition process in the most efficient and cost-effective way.

What we do

We carry out a gap assessment against and advise you on the necessary changes to your management system. We help you design and implement the changes.

What you get

Peace of mind that the system is in order and transition will take place smoothly without unnecessary disruption or cost.

ISO certification is a minefield of unscrupulous consultants and unaccredited certificate mills. But if you want the job done properly, with credibility and added-value, there are respectable and ethical alternatives. QFactorial is one of them.

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