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Monday, December 22, 2008

ISO Certification: 9001 and 14001

I am currently working on our ISO Certification: both 9001 & 14001. Too much work to be done. That's why most of the time I prefer to take a sleep than blogging!

Anyway, for those who are not much familiar with ISO Certification, let me give you some idea:

International Organization for Standardization (ISO???? It should be IOS!!!) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1947 in an attempt to standardize commercial products and services. With its well-respected process, it gained popularity and was able to influence policy makers and legislators in most countries and companies participating in international trade, as well as in local market with high regards to quality.

ISO offers specific standards on most services and products known to us. Good thing with this standardization is that what is good practice in this side of the world can also be found in a another place where ISO standards are being implemented.

For our reference here, we are only talking about just two certification that they offer:

ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management Systems - Requirements
and
ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standards

But just like any other organization or group, ISO received a lot of criticisms. One most outstanding known issue is that ISO is just documents and not much about the essence of it. They said that during the process of getting a certification, a company is much more concern in completing the requirements and documentation rather than the procedure that these documentation are what for.

I will give you my experiences during this process until we get these certification. I will share to you what I think about this certification and the process involved and whatever learnings that I will gain here. That's why I'm starting another category in this blog: ISO 9001 & 14001...MY WAY!!!

For the meantime... need to resst....zzzzzzz.....

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