If you are a purchasing agent or someone who has purchasing authority, it is in your best interest to use vendors who have the ISO 9001:2008 registration certification. The ISO 9000 family of standards relate to quality management systems and are designed to help organizations ensure they meet the needs of customers. There are many reasons but most importantly it allows you the peace of mind that this vendor is doing what it should be doing to ensure they deliver products the meet or exceed your requirements and/or demands.
A number of major purchasers require their suppliers to hold ISO 9001 certification. ISO 9000 deals with the fundamentals of quality management systems. ISO 9001 deals with the requirements that organizations wishing to meet the standard have to fulfill.
ISO 9000 was first published in 1987. It was based on the BS 5750 series of standards from BSI (British Standards Institute) that were proposed to ISO in 1979. Today BSI claims to certify organizations at nearly 70,000 sites globally.
Craftech Corporation is ISO 9001:2008 certified and uses the auditing process as a tool to continually improve. After completing our most recent audit I asked our Quality Manager, Frank Pucci to let me know how it went, Here is what he had to say:
"Audit was in 2 stages. The first stage is a readiness audit which involves a review of the Quality Management System (QMS) against the ISO 9001:2008 standard to ensure that the QMS meets the intent of the standard. This stage took 2 days. No issues were found.
The second stage is the certification audit. This is an audit to ensure that we are following our QMS and involved auditing the entire QMS. This audit took 3 days. No non-conformances were found during this audit.
Of all the audits (and companies) that I have been involved with, this is the first time I have had an audit where no non-conformances were found."
To find out more about our ISO 9001:2008 Certificate click here.
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