ISO 9001:2015 is one of the most popular standards. The purpose of ISO 9001:2015 is to organize and create an operating framework for the Company in order to enable the Company to provide products and / or services based on customer needs. The ISO 9001:2015 standard is based on the Deming cycle and the concept of continuous improvement methodology known as «Plan-Do-Check-Act».
ISO 9001:2015 can be implemented by all types of enterprises and organizations irrespective of their size and activity.
OBJECTIVES AND BENEFITS OF INSPECTION
Quality Management Systems Certification ensures that the company’s ongoing effort for continuous improvement in reducing potential risks in food importing and/or during the manufacturing process is publicly recognized. Certified companies have smoother business transactions and are in an advantageous position as far as competition is concerned.
Furthermore, the inspection process, a necessary step for certification, benefits companies by offering valuable insight in their processes which can encourage growth and improvement through remedial measures.
ISO 9001:2015 Certification is provided by a Certification Body accredited to this standard.
The Company must decide on the type of certification and apply for it.
The Certification Body provides an appropriate inspection team and performs a pre-assessment on-site inspection of the Quality Management System.
During the pre-assessment inspection, the Certification Body checks the completeness of system documentation (manual, procedures, instructions, forms, etc.) and implementation (Archives) under the International Standard ISO 9001:2015.
Deviations are recorded and the Company defines the appropriate period of time within which the necessary corrective actions will take place.
Once the corrective actions have been taken, the Assessment inspection takes place, during which the system is audited as a whole and the completion of all corrective actions is checked.
If the Assessment inspection does not record any non-compliances to the standard ISO 9001:2015 then the Certification Body issues the ISO 9001:2015 Certification.
In the case of recorded non-compliances the Company must take further corrective actions.
During the Audit all the below are checked:
- License of the Company and the accompanying documents
- Other permits required
- Organizational Structure / Chart
- Instructions for External Documents (eg Legislation)
Provided that the Assessment Audit of the Organization’s /Company’s Quality Management System is successful, the Certificate is issued shortly. The ISO 9001:2015 certificate is valid for three years during which time two annual surveillance audits must take place.