Darci and Kyle Chambers host of #QualityMatters podcast are discussing a blog post Kyle publish discussing what it takes to ”Get” ISO and details about each step in the process.
GAP Analysis – This is a short audit intended to gauge where you are, what your business processes look like, and make a plan to get you certified and compliant to your customer and regulatory requirements
Consultation – We will be with you step by step, every procedure, every form to make sure you’re headed in the right direction.
Internal Audit – Similar to the GAP Analysis the Internal Audit is a full assessment for your entire Quality System, and will be conducted annually to verify conformance, identify gaps and needs for corrective action.
Management Review – We will develop the management review together and present it to the entire management team as a formal method of assessing the suitability of the Quality Management System to meet internal and external needs. During the review the results of the Internal Audit are reviewed and assessed as well.
Stage 1 Audit – This will be your first 3rd Party Audit, and a Registrar (an organization accredited to perform certification audits) will come and perform what most call a “readiness review” to assess how well you’re implementing the requirements of ISO 9001. Generally this is a 1-2 day audit. If nonconformities are identified, you will be required to issue a Corrective Action and resolve these nonconformities before the stage 2 audit.
Stage 2 Audit – This is your official “Certification Audit”. The same registrar will visit again about 4-6 weeks after the Stage 1 Audit to conduct a full audit to assess your compliance to all aspects of ISO 9001. If nonconformities are identified, you will be required to issue a Corrective Action and resolve these nonconformities before the certification can be issued. You will usually have 30-60 days to resolve any nonconformities.
Certification – Generally you will receive your certification about 4-6 weeks after the Stage 2 audit, it takes time to get all of the appropriate sign offs on their end.
Below is a “sample” of the days you could or should expect for a particular audit. Again this may vary depending on the complexity of the organization or when multiple facilities are involved. Its still a good rule of thumb.