Gaining an ISO Certification involves the following five steps:
Say What You Do – Document the processes and supporting documentation, which fufil the requirements of the Standard.
Do What you Say – Develop and train and fully implement of the relevant Management System.
Prove it – The internal Check, called internal Audits which is to identify areas, where existing documentation & working practices do not fulfil the requirements of the Standard.
Review the operation of the Management system with the Company plans and targets (Management Review Meeting)
The External Check – the Onsite Audit of the relevant Company’s operations compared to the requirements of the relevant Management Standards (eg ISO 9001 Quality or ISO 14001 Environmental). The Audit will be conducted by an external independent and trained Auditor employed by ‘Certification Organisation’. A Report will be issued, which will list the evidence viewed, any non-conformances and opportunities for improvement. Formal Certification to the Standard following successful Assessment and checking of the Report at Head Office
Ongoing maintenance and improvement with at least yearly Surveillance visits from the Certification Organisation to ensure continuing fulfilment of the requirements of the Management Standard