Management system guidance

The certification process

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Certification bodies

The registrar is a third-party Certification Auditor who will formally assess your management system and issue a certificate if the system meets the requirements of ISO 9001:2015. When choosing a registrar, you should consider their industry experience, geographic coverage, price and service level offered.

See the ISO Directory which lists national accreditation bodies, followed by national certification bodies. NOTE: Accreditation Bodies audit and accredit the Certification Bodies audit and certify your quality management system.

In the UK alone, there are over 60 Certification Bodies (CB) offering accredited ISO 9001 certification services, see the United Kingdom Accreditation Service website for details UKAS.

All Certification Bodies are commercial organizations and consequently charge different fee-scales and operate on different lead-times - it is worthwhile to shop around.

Different organizations look at their registrations differently; some organizations prefer to have multiple business units or locations on a single certificate. You can register one location in an organization or you can register the entire organization.

You can even, theoretically, register one part of an individual facility. You should address this issue in your registration scope statement. You should discuss the scope of registration very early in your contact with the registrar, prior to or during the selection process.

The scope of registration and certification will need to reflect precisely and clearly the activities covered by your organization's quality management system; any exclusion to non-applicable requirements of the standards should be documented and justified in the quality manual. No single business-related activity should exist outside of the scope.