[Infographic] 33 Steps to ISO 9001 Certification

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A valuable aid to your developing a viable QMS Project Plan - to aid you start on time, finish on time and leave nothing vital out.

The ISO 9001 2015 Implementation Model developed by deGRANDSON Global

The 33 Steps to ISO 9001:2015 Implementation is the model we have developed for implementing a quality management system (QMS) to meet the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 and to securing accredited Certification.

It is the foundation on which our Lead Implementer is built.

So where does it come from?

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The International Standards Organisation (ISO) has published two standards that focus on developing and implementing an organization's QMS:

  • The quality management system standard: ISO 9001:2015. This standard is the specification for a QMS. It specifies the requirements of a quality management system for organizations seeking to establish implement and maintain a framework to consistently meet and exceed customer expectations.
  • ISO/TS 9002: 2016, QMS - Guidelines for the application of ISO 9001:2015. This technical specification provides extensive guidance on implementing and maintaining a QMS, especially for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and for Service Organizations.

To help make sense of it all from a QMS Implementer/Project Manager’s viewpoint we have developed this 33-Step Infographic.

Click here to download ’33-Steps to ISO 9001:2015 Certification’.

After downloading, please study it carefully and note:

  1. It’s a PDF file for you to print and/or save as you wish.
  2. The main headings throughout have numbers in brackets (e.g. #12) to indicate Step number.
  3. The numbers in brackets at the bottom of each activity box (e.g. 8.1 & 10.1) is the Clause Number(s) corresponding to the requirement that is being addressed by the activity in question.

For ease of understanding the 33 steps have been set out in a simple sequence.  In reality, you will frequently be working on several steps simultaneously.  This will help reduce the overall timescale for the project.  When project planning with your project team, you should seek out and document such opportunities.

ISO 9001:2015 Lead Implementer

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Written by Dr John FitzGerald

Director and founder of deGRANDSON Global. After 15 years in the manufacturing industry, John has spent the past 25 years training, consulting and auditing ISO 9001 and other management systems.

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