ISO consultant

The role of an ISO consultant is to guide you through the ISO certification process efficiently and effectively, armed with the knowledge and know-how to get the job done well.

Using these professional skills, an ISO consultant will be able to carefully and confidently lead your business into the promised land, hopefully culminating in successful ISO 9001 certification.

But is a dedicated ISO 9001 consultant a necessary part of this process? We think so - and here's exactly why.

 

Do I need a consultant to get ISO 9001 certification?

Naturally, the answer to this question will largely depend on the individual and their specific circumstances, particularly the time available and the expertise of the people involved.

The truth is that, while you don't categorically require a dedicated consultant to help you achieve ISO 9001 certification, for most companies, it's highly advisable to hire one.

ISO consultants are typically equipped with qualifications such as Lead Auditor and Lead Implementer certification, backed by internal audit training and first-hand experience.

Additionally, ISO 9001 consultants will also be well-versed in project management, with the relevant transferable skills and experience necessary to tackle your requirements head-on.

 

Why do I need an ISO 9001 consultant?

ISO 9001 can make for some murky waters to wade through, especially if you're not familiar with this subject.

Blindly embarking into those murky waters without knowing what lies ahead can not only result in mistakes, problems and issues arising, it can also translate into a very expensive, time-consuming process for your business.

 

Can't I just assign a member of staff to this task?

Stretching your own resources to cover the ISO 9001 accreditation process isn't the wisest decision in terms of efficiency.

Assigning the task to a member of staff can be counterproductive and may give poor results in both the short and long term.

As a result, the money you save from not outsourcing can be quickly eaten up in-house by a process that takes twice as long to complete and even longer to correct when it's done wrong.

 

The impact of DIY ISO accreditation

Companies that don't hire a dedicated ISO consultant to handle the ISO 9001 process are likely to see it negatively impact on their resources, including both time and money.

Even if the task of ISO 9001 accreditation is assigned to a specific member of staff, the task itself can snowball and end up monopolising that person's time.

Like any specialist job, hiring a professional to handle the nitty-gritty can be a godsend, while the alternative could very easily end in disaster.

Investing in a professional will achieve professional results. Conversely, a stab in the dark from an amateur will likely achieve amateur results.

 

Go pro for ISO

In a nutshell, the ISO 9001 process is the perfect of example of the phrase 'just because you can, that doesn't mean you should'.

While certain tasks may be doable with a can-do, DIY mindset, this is one area of business that is probably best left to the professionals.

 

For professional advice on quality management systems and guidance through the ISO certification process, call NPT Management Systems today on 02380 659 867 or contact us via our online enquiry form.

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ISO 9001 for beginners

We're always talking about ISO 9001 certification here on the NPT Management Systems blog, but if you're not familiar with ISO 9001, it may sound like a name given to some form of cyborg in a Terminator movie.

Fortunately, the reality is far less sinister and considerably more helpful.

 

ISO 9001 for Beginners

In a nutshell, ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies best practices for implementing quality management systems within an organisation.

The standard aims to help companies enhance their overall quality by improving efficiency, ultimately resulting in a better service for the customer.

Naturally, any company that has achieved ISO 9001 certification will be able to deliver a high quality of service that meets an appropriate customer and regulatory standard.

The latest version of ISO 9001 is known as ISO 9001:2015 and is used by over a million organisations around the world, ranging from small businesses to multi-national corporations.

 

Benefits of ISO 9001

There are a variety of benefits to being ISO 9001 certified, from operational to reputational.

First and foremost, implementing a QMS (quality management system) that complies with ISO 9001 standards will allow your company to improve the quality of its output by promoting consistency and efficiency. Quality should steadily and continuously increase thereafter - see continuous improvement.

Meanwhile, in terms of company stature and status, obtaining the ISO 9001 standard can open up a world of business opportunities. Many big companies will only conduct business with ISO 9001-certified suppliers, allowing for wider expansion of clientele.

From an internal point of view, ISO 9001 can also have a profoundly positive impact on staff by promoting leadership, defining roles and designating responsibility. The result of this can help establish a positive company direction and improve company culture going forward.

 

How to Get ISO 9001 Certification

At NPT Management Systems, we specialise in helping businesses to achieve ISO 9001 certification. In fact, we have helped countless UK businesses to reach their ISO certification goals on their very first attempt.

If you are interested in exploring ISO 9001 certification, enlisting the help of NPT Management Systems is a smart choice. Our team of experienced specialists will be able to efficiently assist you in your quest and guide you through the process step-by-step.

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ISO 9001 is the go-to standard for quality management systems. It's utilised throughout the business world as a means of streamlining company processes.

However, it’s not just the boardroom and office blocks that can benefit from the implementation of an ISO-compliant quality management system (QMS). Construction firms can benefit greatly from ISO 9001 certification too.

In fact, ISO 9001 is specifically designed to be universal - it can be applied to virtually any organisation, anywhere in the world, regardless of what products and services that organisation offers

As a result, there are a many key benefits of ISO 9001 that lend themselves particularly well to the world of construction and can help construction businesses to reach the next level.

 

ISO 9001 for the Construction Industry

By streamlining your construction company processes, ISO 9001 certification will not only help you to engage your employees, improve efficiency and boost morale - it can also allow you to better manage your supply chain through the principle of relationship management.

Meanwhile, from an outsider’s perspective, ISO 9001 certification can also be advantageous when it comes to winning over public-sector clients, such as local authorities. ISO 9001 compliance will mean that your business comfortably meets government legislation and regulations.

Becuase it's an internationally-recognised QMS standard, large-scale clients that are averse to taking risks on unproven entities will look for ISO 9001 accreditation as an assurance that your company is committed to consistent high quality.

 

Why Choose NPT Management Systems?

When it comes to ISO 9001 certification, NPT Management Systems are hard to beat in terms of flexibility, efficiency and simplicity.

At NPT Management Systems, our all-in-one quality certification service is perfect for any business, including construction companies.

We can help you to design, document and implement a QMS that adheres to the latest ISO 9001 standards. Where possible, we will endeavour to implement the system around your existing processes.

Best of all, we even offer a free initial consultation and quotation service to help get the ball rolling - proving that, with NPT Management Systems, there really is nothing to lose and everything to gain.

For more information, call 02380 659 867 or get in touch via the NPT Management Systems website.

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InterRegs and Intonation Translation

Intonation Translation and InterRegs are two companies operating under the Intereurope Ltd umbrella.

InterRegs are the premier online resource for up-to-date, global vehicle safety and emissions regulations.

Intonation Translation provide professional translation and interpretation services.

What did we do for them?

Last year, we helped InterRegs and Intonation to transition to ISO 9001:2015. In July, they had their first visit from LRQA and, following this, were recommended for ongoing certification.

Since joining Intereurope Ltd in 2018, we have been conducting internal audits and helping them with general consultancy.

Intonation and InterRegs are very happy with the service we have provided them so far and said:

"NPT Management Systems have been instrumental in helping us to achieve a smooth transition to ISO 9001:2015. They are providing an excellent consultancy service together with consistent and accurate internal audits to help us maintain our certification."

- QA Manager, Intereurope Ltd

If you're interested in achieving ISO 9001:2015 certification, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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Lunch and learn

In addition to our ISO certification services, we at NPT Management Systems also provide occasional training for businesses who want to gain a stronger understanding of ISO 9001 and quality management in general.

We recently conducted a 'Lunch & Learn' training session for a client here in the South of England. We were invited to go in and educate the company's employees about Quality Management & ISO 9001 - the company supplied the pizza, and more than 50 employees took part, making this the largest training session we have delivered to date.

NPT Management Systems provided a mixture of slides and interactive exercises that were designed to give those present a firm grasp of the subject matter. All of these learning materials were specifically tailored to the company.

If you would like to set up a quality management training session for your organisation, please call NPT Management Systems on 02380 659 867 to discuss your requirements.

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