How much ISO 9001 implementation would Cost a Business?
ISO 9001 is nothing but a bible of quality management system that outlines each and every requirement that an organization needs to fulfill and maintain in its management system. Be it waste reduction, continuous improvement, unmatched high quality outcomes or cost effective methods, ISO 9001 addresses them all. However many management experts tend to underestimate by misunderstanding the purpose of ISO 9001 implementation as an additional burden cost so they never have the courage to take initiative to apply ISO 9001 frameworks and take advantage of ISO 9001 quality frameworks.
ISO 9001 Implementation for Small and Medium Industries
Many business specifically small scaled businesses have usually tighter budgets or they tend to consider the implementation of ISO 9001 as an extra burden or they don’t consider ISO 9001 implementation as an investment in their business. We suggest small businesses to at least get their teams trained about ISO 9001 so that they can apply by themselves in their own management system. The only investment a small scale business will need will be in training and developing their own manpower to achieve results. Investment on brains never goes waste, however investment in other forms has a potential chance to might get drowned.
Getting knowledge about ISO 9001 Implementation Plan
All you need to do is to have an in-depth knowledge about all the requirements of ISO 9001. Get a copy of ISO 9001 standard and study it with your team discussing each clause step by step if you want to avoid training cost or you can train limited employees of your team and they can further train other employees of your team resulting in cost saving. It is preferred to nominated trainees from all the layers of management team.
Taking Help from an External Source
Sometimes only fulfilling training needs does not serve the purpose. Some managerial positions of your team might need some additional support specifically when it comes to practically implementing the ISO 9001 system. Usually, people who are first timers to implement ISO 9001 quality management system. In order to solve such hurdles in implementing ISO 9001 system, some online support tools can be used in such circumstances especially when you are short on budget. Online solutions are something that are easily accessible to everyone and anyone in your team can use it for the best interest of the organization. If online solutions are not what you need then you need to seek professional help from certified ISO consultants who can guide you well about the requirements of the standard and can assist you in fulfilling all the requirements of ISO 9001 standard.
Creation of Customized Dashboards and Documentations
The business needs varies from one business to another business depending on type of manufacturing but the requirements of ISO 9001 will remain same. Although being a business owner you know your business well and better than an outsourced consultant team. You can tailor documentation pattern according to your business needs to make it more precise and to the point.
Crafting Templates and Training Programs
While availing the assistance of outsourced consultancy agency, you need to make documentation system specifically to fulfill the needs of your business and ISO 9001 requirements. Once you will get your team mates trained about what the standard is all about and how to fulfill its requirements etc. you can easily work together in designing documentation system for your business needs and ISO 9001 requirements. All you need to do is to revamp your QMS (Quality Management System) according to ISO 9001 clauses.
Segmentation of ISO 9001 Certification Cost
There are three main segmentation of ISO 9001 certification cost which are:
- Hiring a Consultant
If you are a newbie in implementing ISO 9001 Quality Management System, then it is preferable to hire a registrar for performing registration audit. The cost of registration audit is dependent on the size of your organization and number of employees working for the organization.
- Internal Incurred Cost
Being a business owner, you need to invest time in your team in training them and making them able to understand ISO 9001 each and every clause. You need to further assist them in implementing the QMS and integrate it into your existing management system.
- External Assistance
In case you need external help from hired outsourced consultants, you need to invest in consultancy fees or purchasing tools for implementing ISO 9001.
Types of Auditing
Once you are done with ISO 9001 implementation, you need to execute audit to see if any non-conformit ies exist or not. There are three types of audits that you need to do step by step:
- First Party Audit
First party audit is also alternatively named as Internal Audit in which internal auditing team looks for any observations and non-conformities major and minor both and in the end the team of internal auditors need to submit a consolidated report in which all the findings are discussed in detail with all stakeholders.
- Second Party Audit
Second party audit is usually done to ensure customer that processes that organization operate are purely according to the customers’ needs and demands. Second party audits are done specifically to those organizations that do not have ISO 9001 certification and are not at the moment going under a certification process of ISO 9001.
- Third Party Audit
Third Party audit is basically an external audit and it is conducted by a registration company and this type of audit leads to ISO 9001 certification. In case, some major non-conformities get into spotlight then the certification for ISO 9001 might lead to mission failure so it is preferred to do internal audit (first party audit) in so much depth that no non-conformity be it major or minor should not get revealed in third party audit or external audit but it should not mean that you keep on hiding errors and faults and you don’t devise corrective and preventive actions. It is important to perceive audit observation as an opportunity to improve the management system.