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The final stage when implementing an ISO management system is the certification audit. During this phase, a third-party assessor reviews the organization’s documents and processes to check whether they comply with ISO standards.

Certification is essential if you want to make the most of your management system, but the process can be complicated.

Download our Steps to ISO Certification Guide (below), to discover how you can complete the audit process. This free brochure explains each stage of the certification process to steer you toward certification success.


What Does the Steps to ISO Certification Guide Contain?

Our ISO Certification Guide provides a comprehensive introduction to the assessment process.

It covers:

  • Pre-assessment — a preliminary evaluation to determine your organization’s readiness for the certification journey.
  • Stage 1 assessment — a documentation review to ensure that policies and processes align with the relevant ISO specifications.
  • Stage 2 assessment — an on-site audit conducted by experienced professionals to verify the implementation and effectiveness of your management system.
  • Corrective action — if the assessor spots any areas of non-compliance, the organization must make the necessary adjustments.
  • Issue of certificate — once the organization has met the requirements, the certification body issues the official ISO certificate, affirming your compliance.
  • Surveillance audit — periodic audits to ensure the organization’s practices continue to meet the relevant requirements.
  • Recertification audit — the certificate is valid for three years, so you must complete a new assessment and receive a new certificate.

Want to know why ISO certifications expire? Read our guide to the ISO certification lifecycle.

What Is ISO Certification?

The ISO certification process ensures that organizations have followed the specifications established by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization). Certification demonstrates that your management system meets internationally recognized standards.

It can also help you:

  • Win new business.
  • Save on business costs.
  • Raise your company profile.
  • Stand out from competitors.

ISO certification is the same for each standard, so if you’ve previously certified against another management system, you’ll be familiar with the process.

Learn more about ISO certification.

ISO Certification Success With Orion Registrar

Orion Registrar is a trusted provider of ISO certification services. We are ANAB-accredited, which means that our assessments comply with the standards set by the ANSI National Accreditation Board.

We offer:

  • Qualified expertise — Our team of experts provides specialized support.
  • Cost-effective service — We are committed to earning your loyalty with our consistent, cost-effective service.
  • A customized approach — We’re happy to tailor our services to suit your organization’s needs.
  • Fixed-price guarantee — There are no hidden fees, and there’s a fixed price per service for certification.
  • Contract flexibility — You can cancel with us at least four weeks before your pre-booked assessment date.
  • High-quality services — 94% of our clients have said they are ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to recommend us.

Learn more about Orion Registrar’s ISO certification services.


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