Quality Assurance

The services provided by QA International Certification Ltd as an accredited certification body are designed to help customers maintain their systems to the latest standards and most up to date industry specifications and to demonstrate this to existing and potential new customers.

An appropriately qualified, trained and experienced assessor, is matched to each customer by QAICL. Whilst an organisation must be subject to rigorous examination as part of the assessment and surveillance process, it is the duty of assessors to ensure that they also add value to the benefit of the customer.

The benefits of implementing and operating a quality management system can be lost if the system is subsequently left to decline over time and the certification process will ensure that this does not happen.

The quality management standard ISO 9001:2015 specifies the requirements for a quality management system.  QAICL, as a UKAS accredited body, can provide certification to this standard which is suitable for businesses across all sectors and industries.

What is accreditation?

Formal recognition by an independent body (an accreditation body – UKAS) that the certification body operates in accordance an internationally agreed standard (ISO17021) for certification bodies in its certification activities.

What is certification?

Confirmation in writing (by the issue of a formal certificate) by an independent body (a certification body – QAICL) that your management system meets and complies with the requirements of the internationally agreed standard.

By implementing a quality management system, you will be able to:-

  • Work more efficiently as the processes implemented throughout for business will be consistent and understood by everyone in the business
  • Increase productivity and efficiency
  • Meet all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements
  • Determine what your customers and employees expect from you which in turns enables you to state your objectives
  • Ensure that you meet your customers’ needs and maintain a successful relationship with them and meet or even exceed their expectations
  •  Active risk management to identify risks within your business and address them

By having your quality management system certified, an independent certification body such as QA International Certification Limited, will use a suitably qualified assessor to audit your system and processes against the requirements of the standard.

Because this standard is based on a number of quality management principles which include

  • a strong customer focus
  • the involvement of top management
  • a process based approach and,
  • continual improvement

your customers can have the confidence that they will get good quality products or services consistently.  This leads to customer satisfaction and ongoing development and expansion of the business.

By having a certified quality management system, you are demonstrating to all stakeholders that your system and processes conform to an internationally recognised standard.  In some cases, certification can be a requirement of a customer or potential new customer doing business with you.

Further information on the benefits of certification and why you should use an accredited certification body such as QAICL are explained in this UKAS leaflet  “Why Leave Your Certification to Chance?” and in this International Organization for Standardization leaflet “Expected Outcomes for Accredited Certification”

What if we don’t have a system yet?

QAICL can assist you at the very beginning of the process on introducing a quality management system.

To find out more CLICK HERE

Transition from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015

For details about transition and actions required CLICK HERE

Please note the last issue date for an ISO 9001:2008 version certificate of registration to run full term will be 14 September 2017 after which clients must apply for registration to ISO 9001:2015

For more information on the transition process please click here for our Customer Information Bulletin

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