ISO Certification Process

Stage 1 Audit
Step Three

STEP THREE:

Gap analysis of your procedures and practice vs ISO requirements in key areas. Findings are provided, and you submit planned actions for PQA’s approval.

Stage 2 Audit
Step Four

STEP FOUR:
Within 6 months of Stage 1: A thorough audit of QMS controls, practice, and records vs ISO requirements. Findings are provided for correction, and you submit planned actions for approval.

Step Five
Recommendations

STEP FIVE:

Our Board reviews the auditor’s recommendation for certification and your audit responses, and once approved issues a certificate

Step Six
Annual Followup

STEP SIX:

To ensure ongoing effectiveness of the management system. Findings are provided, and you submit planned actions for approval. Successful audits yield recommendation for continued certification.

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Step Seven
3rd year Re-Assessments

STEP SEVEN:
Full audit of Management System documented information, implementation, and improvement. Findings are provided, and you submit planned actions for approval A successful audit yields recommendation for re-certification for another 3 years.

Application
Step One

STEP ONE:
Your application details your company's activities and scope. We pick qualified auditors and ensure their impartiality, then use the detailed information in your application to develop an accurate quote.

Quote
Step Two

STEP TWO:

Costs are based on company size, complexity of operations, and the ISO standard for certification. We are happy to provide quotes for multi-standard certifications.

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What does certification cost?

Download the application or contact us and let us send a free estimate.

Fees are only due at the time of each phase, and a pre-payment schedule can be arranged if preferred.

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Preparing for your first certification?

Here's how to get started.
Information

Purchase a copy of the ISO standard to which you are considering certification.

Standards are available for purchase at https://iso.org and many other vendors

Training

Learn what the ISO standard you are considering requires of your company. As a value-added service to our clients, PQA provides several levels of training.

Click here to learn more about how PQA can help with this step.

Documentation

Develop your management system documentation. The Management system defines who you are as a company, your audience, goals, and the processes and controls that you have implemented to address the inherent risks in your processes.

However you get started, remember it’s YOUR system – it must work for you, and it must reflect what you do on a day-to-day basis.

Call us if you need a list of referrals to help get started!