How to Choose an ISO Consultant

Finding and choosing the right ISO consultant is an important decision for an organisation to make, especially for those looking for a consultant for the first time.

Organisations use an ISO consultant to help them design and implement a quality management system (QMS) with the objective of achieving or maintaining certification to a required standard. Some organisations even retain their consultant after implementation to act as their designated management representative or internal auditor. The value of having an ISO consultant cannot be understated, as they have the potential to be extremely influential in regards to achieving and maintaining ISO certification. Therefore, choosing the right consultant for your business should be a thorough and well-thought-out process.

To make things a little easier, here are some key considerations that you will need to make during your search for the right consultant:

  1. Understand your reasons for hiring a consultant – Before you begin your search for the right ISO consultant, you need to be clear on the reasons behind your search. This will make other key considerations easier.
  2. Look for experience and relevance – It’s important to select a consultant that has the relevant experience to help your business achieve certification. Look for experience within your industry, management systems and specific ISO standards.
  3. Establish a good working relationship - Your ISO consultant will spend a lot of time within your organisation and gain close access to your processes and staff. Therefore, you will need to build a solid rapport and mutual trust with each other.
  4. Costs – Budgets are never unlimited. So, when you choose your ISO consultant, you need to ensure that their costs are in-line with your spending allowances.
  5. Gather references and investigate past work – Try to gain an insight into how your ISO consultant works by gathering references from organisations they’ve worked with in the past or take a look at case studies they may have. By learning about their credentials, you'll be in a better position to make an informed decision.

Talking these six points into consideration will help you to choose an ISO consultant. If you are looking for an effective, ISO consultant that you can trust, NPT Management Systems can help you. Click below to learn more about our ISO consultant services and how we can help you.

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Based in Southampton, NPT Management Systems work with clients across the South of England.

ISO Consultants in the South of England

If you are looking for an experienced local consultant who can help you and your company to achieve ISO certification - whether that's ISO 9001, ISO 14001, or a different family of standards - then look no further: NPT Management Systems can help you.

We are a Southampton-based team of ISO consultants specialising in the planning and implementation of:

  • Quality management systems (ISO 9001)
  • Environmental management systems (ISO 14001)
  • Information security management systems (ISO 27001)
  • Occupational health and safety management systems (OHSAS 18001, also known as ISO 18001)

We work with clients throughout the South of England, helping them to implement robust management systems that are specifically tailored to the unique needs of the organisation in question. We then help our clients to apply for the relevant ISO certification via an independent UKAS-accredited body. We have an outstanding track record - time and again, we have proven ourselves capable of helping clients to achieve ISO certification with zero non-conformances on the first attempt.

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Areas we cover

We work with businesses all over Southern England, including (but not limited to) the following locations:

  • Southampton
  • London
  • Brighton
  • Portsmouth
  • Bristol
  • Reading
  • Oxford
  • Bournemouth

We work closely with each and every client to ensure the best possible outcome for their organisation. We do not believe in the one-size-fits-all approach ISO certification; rather, we endeavour to understand the specific requirements and idiosyncrasies of each client's operation, then provide a management system that takes these into account.

NPT Management Systems are your local ISO consultants - contact us today to discuss your requirements >

Canark & NPT


We are proud to announce that British naval architects Canark Marine have selected NPT Management Systems as their ISO 9001 management system consultants.

Based in Southampton, Canark specialise in classic yacht revival utilising their expert skills in naval architecture, structural design and mechanical engineering.

"We were delighted to be selected by Canark Marine," said NPT's Principal Consultant Neil Peattie. "Given our close ties to the UK marine industry, we feel like there's a perfect fit between our two companies. We have actively been promoting the benefits of ISO 9001 within the marine sector of late, and we have helped a number of clients in Southampton and along the south coast as a whole to achieve ISO 9001 certification."

Marine Sector

Achieving ISO 9001 certification is a great way to demonstrate that your organisation has a management system in place to support the needs of your customers. As the leading quality consultants in Southampton, we are always keen to help local companies implement tailor-made, ISO-compliant management systems to gain a competitive edge over their competitors.

If you are in the marine industry and feel that you could benefit from the services of NPT Management Systems, please contact us today.


If your business is based in Southampton and you're looking for an experienced quality consultant with an outstanding professional track record, look no further than NPT Management Systems, Hampshire's leading ISO specialists.

We provide a wide range of services, from periodical quality management reviews to our full ISO 9001 certification service. Whether you are seeking to compose and implement an ISO-compliant quality management system (QMS) from scratch or simply evaluate and improve the QMS you're already using, our skilled and personable quality consultants - who are based in Southampton and work with organisations throughout the entire Hampshire area - mean that we are the people to call. We have experience of many different industry sectors, and we will ensure that your quality management system is specifically tailored to your company's unique requirements.

Here's what one of our Southampton-based clients, Fish Guidance Systems, had to say about NPT Management Systems after we helped them to gain ISO 9001 accreditation:

"Achieving ISO 9001 certification was made considerably easier with the invaluable help of NPT Management Systems. The assessor from our UKAS-accredited certification body said, 'This is a very well-written QMS with excellent documentation and good traceability throughout.' We wouldn't have achieved this without Neil Peattie's constant enthusiasm and commitment."

To discuss your company's requirements with one of our experienced quality consultants, please call NPT Management Systems on 02380 659 867 or email

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If you're looking to implement a new quality management system - or overhaul your organisation's existing QMS - then it's a good idea to enlist the help of an experienced quality consultant. Here at NPT Management Systems, we offer a professional consultancy service that's geared towards meeting your company's specific needs and helping you to create a quality management system that's tailored to the way you work.

Our quality consultants have helped countless businesses in Portsmouth and the wider Hampshire area to fine-tune their quality management systems and achieve ISO 9001 certification. If you are already ISO 9001 accredited, we can help with migrating your QMS to the updated ISO 9001:2015 standard or simply look at ways in which you could be saving money and eliminating waste within your system (see our Already Certified page for details).

We have experience across a wide variety of industry sectors, and we are confident that we are the very best choice for businesses in Portsmouth seeking a quality consultant. Call 02380 659 867 or email to discuss your requirements with one of our consultants - we are happy to visit clients in Portsmouth and the surrounding area if required.

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