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By Kelly Huckabone
The one thing in life we all know is that change is constant. Change can happen in every aspect of our lives whether it be personally or professionally. The world of standards and regulations is no different. There is a constant evolution of changes to existing standards and the creation of new standards to reflect changes in the ever-evolving regulatory landscape.
We often get asked why do we need certification to a standard? What standard should our company be certified to? What are the benefits of certification?
These are all great questions. The first point to consider is the type of business you are in. For some businesses, it is a legal requirement to have certification. An example would be for the sale of Medical Devices in Canada (ISO 13485:2016). Another factor to consider would be a business necessity. For example, some customers require their suppliers to have ISO certification in order to be qualified as a preferred supplier. Another reason for ISO certification is to remain competitive. These are all valid reasons but one of the best reasons in my opinion are the business benefits that are an output from building a certified quality management system.
Typical benefits include but are not limited to:
The top three types of ISO certification are:
Did you know there are over 21,000 published ISO Standards? ISO certification will continue to evolve and change as our world changes and businesses need to understand and deploy as required.
Next month’s blog will be how to implement change within a quality focused organization to ensure success. Stay tuned!
About the Author
Kelly Huckabone is the North American Audit Program Manager who oversees the Unity Lab Services internal and external customer and supplier audit programs. Kelly is a certified risk manager, lead auditor with the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and has been conducting audits for over 25 years for different quality systems, including ISO 9001, 13485, and 17025, as well as Health Canada and the FDA.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.