Many people and organizations have lots of “myths” about their certification needs. This happens so often that it’s hard for us to keep up. It seems that there is a lot of disinformation going around.
So here we are, to address some “myths” that surround the ISO standard and its requirements:
1. The ISO 9001 certification is expensive.
Achieving ISO 9001 certification can be done at a reasonable cost, and quite often, the cost is far outweighed by the benefits that certification provides (for example, fewer audits of clients, eligibility for new contracts, recognition of third parties, etc.). The projects that we have all heard about, those that have become really “expensive,” are usually the result of poor project management, inadequate implementation or “no exit” and the use of predatory consultants that simply maximize your billing per hour.
2. Certification takes years.
Achieving ISO 45001 certification takes a while, but if you’re committed to success and have all the resource you need, there a light at the end of the tunnel; Like cost, time is a relative term and susceptible to the same factors as above. Unless your organization is extremely large and complex, most projects can be completed in much less time with ISOONLINE.COM.
3. The more complete a system, the better.
This item is directly related to the two items that precede it. Many organizations try to over-document, over-control and over-prescribe their processes and as a result, end up with a bureaucratic nightmare of paperwork and activities that do not add value and that are not even necessary.
4. Everything must be perfect at the beginning.
One of the fundamental premises on which ISO 14001 is based is continuous improvement. This includes the processes, products and their management system of the organization. In simple terms, the system continues to develop and improve over time. While the ultimate goal is a “perfect” system, this is probably not a reasonable expectation from the first day. You may sometimes end up wasting considerable time and other resources trying to build a “Ferrari” while what you need to start is a Basic “Ford”. Start with a system that works and that achieves the desired results and fine-tune as you go. Your specific needs will change as time goes by, so remember that perfection is always a moving goal.
5. Maintaining an ISO 9001 QMS is time-intensive.
I’m not going to say it won’t take a fair amount of work, but a well-designed, properly scaled QMS should be sustainable using an acceptable amount of organizational resources. This is a criteria that ISO 9001 requires the organization to consider as part of its management review function. If your organization’s QMS is bringing your operations or productivity to a standstill, you need to consider whether changes are necessary to the QMS before adding additional personnel. Quite often, it’s the self-inflicted bureaucracy of the system that’s at fault.
The first step in the proper implementation and development of a management system is separating myth from fact.