ISO Standards - FAQs

Do we need to employ a full-time Quality and/or Environmental Manager?

No.  A Representative will be sufficient.  This person will be able to take responsibility for Quality and Environmental matters over and above their other duties.

Why is UKAS Registration recommended?

This is because UKAS is the only national accreditation body recognised by government to assess against internationally agreed standards.  They ensure that registered UK Accreditation Bodies conform  to the relevant  International Standard.  

Are there any grants available to assist in gaining Registration to ISO 9001, 14001 & OHSAS 18001?

Sometimes it is possible to obtain grants to assist in gaining Registration to these Standards.  It depends upon your sphere of business and your location.  Please contact us for more information.

Are there any other ways to reduce costs?

If you are planning to implement both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, it will usually be possible to offer a reduced price for a combined package.  We can also quote reduced fees for implementing all three standards in a phased programme.  Please contact us for a free quotation.

What is ISO 9001 2008 intended to do that‘s different from ISO 9001 2000?

ISO 9001 2008 is an amendment to, not a revision of, ISO 9001 2000. The intent is to improve clarity and interpretation to existing requirements of ISO 9001 2000. The changes will improve compatibility with ISO 14001 2004.

ISO 9001 2008 does not introduce additional requirements nor does it change the intent of the ISO 9001 2000 standard.

Is ISO 9001 2008 an upgrade?

Certification to ISO 9001 2008 is not an upgrade to ISO 9001 2000.

Your current certificate for ISO 9001 2000 is afforded the same status as new certificates to ISO 9001 2008.

How long will my current ISO 9001 2000 certification be valid?

Your current ISO9001 2000 certification will be valid for 24 months after the publication of ISO 9001 2008 (for the UK this will be until 15th November 2010).

Will I need more training to meet the new standard?

According to the official ISO website, ‘no additional training, or minimal training is required’.

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