What is ISO 9001?
ISO 9001 is the world’s leading international Quality Management System standard. Over one million organisations worldwide use ISO 9001 to drive their quality programmes, making it one of the most important tools for businesses today.
For many, ISO 9001 certification is considered a ‘licence to trade’ and it’s one of the first things potential customers ask of prospective suppliers.
The importance of UKAS accreditation
UKAS stands for the United Kingdom Accreditation Service. They are the sole UK based agency authorised by the government to assess the ability and competence of organisations that provide certification services.
UKAS accreditation is internationally recognised, so having a UKAS accredited body perform your audit is essentially the gold standard when it comes to certification.
After investing a significant amount of time and effort to design and implement your quality management system, UKAS accredited ISO 9001 certification is the best way of ensuring that your certification is credible and universally accepted.
Many purchasing departments and procurement portals now clearly stipulate that accredited certification is required and non-negotiable. If you opt for non-accredited certification it may not be recognised by the organisations you want to work with. This could impact future growth and damage the return on investment you were hoping to achieve from your certification efforts.
Is ISO 9001 certification from CertSmart UKAS accredited?
CertSmart is powered by the UKAS accredited certification body Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Ltd. The certification services we provide are fully UKAS accredited.
Once your management system has been approved you will receive a certificate which includes a specific UKAS mark confirming that your system has been successfully audited by an accredited certification body.