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What is an ISO Certification and why is it important?
An ISO certification is a guarantee that a company’s products and services are safe, reliable, and of high quality.
The International Organization for Standardization, better known as ISO, is an international standard-setting body formed by representatives from various national standards organizations. When it began in 1926 as the International Federation of the National Standardizing Associations (ISA), its focus was mechanical engineering. Since, the ISO has published over 19,500 International Standards, covering almost every conceivable aspect of technology and business, from food safety to computers, agriculture, and healthcare.
ISO certifications are not easy to obtain. A company must demonstrate strict adherence to high quality standards of quality at every level of their organization. It must provide policy manuals documenting all processes in detail and ensure that this information is kept up to date and is easily accessible to everyone in the organization. The company’s operating procedures must be defined and documented as well, especially regarding quality systems and organizational structure. Once this paperwork is submitted, the company undergoes an audit, at which point the ISO determines whether or not certifications will be granted.