To answer this question, you need to understand the concept of third party auditing. When you achieve certification in ISO 9001, it means that a third-party auditor (certification body) has assessed your quality management system to meet or exceed all requirements of the international standard, including continual improvement. Therefore, your company or organization has gained credibility and can actively promote its certification to potential consumers or clients. Certification in ISO 9001 can boost your company’s profile for “request for proposals” (RFPs) or, in some instances, it may be part of the necessary requirements to qualify for a contract.
For sure, having ISO 9001 certification represents an opportunity for a company to increase demand for its product or service, stay competitive in a marketplace and potentially expand its horizon into new markets.
By Fall 2018, ISO 9001: 2008 will have been superseded. It means that all companies or organizations having ISO 9001: 2008 certification will need to have migrated to the new standard ISO 9001: 2015.
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ISO 9001: 2015 applies to all types of companies or organizations, whether it relates to manufacturing, services, engineering, research or retail. ISO 9001: 2015 uses new terminology by referring to both “product and service” in all sections of the standard, as opposed to the 2008 version that left many people perplexed on its applicability. The main difference between “product” and “service” is the fact that “product conformity” can be determined prior to be delivered to customers, as opposed to “service” whose conformity can only be assessed after being delivered to customers.
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