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What does it mean when an organization is ISO 9001 certified?

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An organization that is ISO 9001 certified has had its management system audited and found to be compliant with the ISO 9001 requirements for a quality management system. The auditor has to be accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board in order to issue the ISO 9001 certification. The IOS 9001 certification checks that the organization applying for the certification has integrated the six required quality policies and procedures specified by the IOS. The six quality policies and procedures are document control, control of quality records, control of non-conforming product, corrective action and preventive action, in addition to internal audits.

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The International Organization of Standardization's 9001 certification was developed in response to the deficiencies of older manufacturing companies' quality assurance departments or programs. Historically, these departments and programs decided on the quality of manufactured products based on the needs of the customer. This dictated that companies could only decide if a product was of an acceptable quality once it had been completed.

The IOS 9001 certification program helps organizations build quality management systems with standardized steps for each level of manufacturing in order to assure that the quality of the product is maintained throughout its production. This keeps organizations from investing money in a product only to have it deemed as being of an unacceptable quality once it has been completed due to mistakes made during its production.

The IOS 9001 certification checks that the organization applying for the certification has integrated the six required quality policies and procedures specified by the IOS. The six quality policies and procedures are document control, control of quality records, control of non-conforming product, corrective action and preventive action, in addition to internal audits.

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