ISO 9001 Re-Certification

ISO 9001 re-certification is a process that involves assessing whether a company's quality management system (QMS) continues to meet the requirements of the ISO 9001 standard. This audit is usually conducted by an independent third-party auditor, who evaluates the company's QMS documentation, processes, and procedures to ensure that they comply with the ISO 9001 requirements.

The re-certification audit is typically scheduled every three years (after the first and second surveillance audits) and is intended to verify that the company has maintained its ISO 9001 certification and continues to operate its QMS effectively. The audit process involves several stages, including:

  1. Planning: The auditor will review the company's documentation and prepare an audit plan that outlines the scope of the audit, the audit objectives, and the audit criteria.

  2. On-site assessment: The auditor will conduct an on-site assessment of the company's QMS to determine if it is functioning as intended and if it meets the requirements of the ISO 9001 standard. The auditor will also interview employees and observe processes to gain a better understanding of how the QMS is being implemented.

  3. Reporting: The auditor will prepare a report that documents the findings of the audit, including any non-conformities (i.e., areas where the company is not meeting the ISO 9001 requirements) and opportunities for improvement.

  4. Corrective action: If non-conformities are identified, the company will need to take corrective action to address them. The auditor will review the company's corrective action plan to ensure that it is appropriate and effective.

  5. Follow-up: The auditor may conduct a follow-up audit to verify that the corrective actions have been implemented and that the QMS is functioning as intended.

Overall, the re-certification audit is an important process that helps companies maintain their ISO 9001 certification and improve their QMS. By identifying areas for improvement, companies can continue to enhance their processes and provide better products and services to their customers.

Documents required for ISO 9001 re-certification audit.

The specific documents required for an ISO 9001 re-certification audit may vary depending on the particular certification body and the organization being audited. However, in general, the following documents are typically required for an ISO 9001 re-certification audit:

  1. Quality Manual - This document describes the quality management system of the organization and outlines the processes, procedures, and policies that are in place to ensure compliance with ISO 9001 requirements.

  2. Procedures and Work Instructions - These documents provide detailed instructions on how specific processes and procedures are carried out within the organization. This includes everything from product design and development to purchasing, production, and quality control.

  3. Records and Forms - These are the documents that provide evidence that the organization is following its quality management system. This includes everything from audit reports and corrective action requests to calibration records and customer feedback forms.

  4. Internal Audit Reports - These documents are used to track the results of internal audits, which are conducted to ensure that the organization is complying with its quality management system and making continuous improvements.

  5. Management Review Reports - These documents provide evidence that top management is actively involved in the quality management system and is regularly reviewing its effectiveness.

  6. Evidence of Corrective Actions - This includes records of any non-conformities identified during audits or other assessments, as well as documentation of the actions taken to address these issues.

  7. Training Records - These documents show that employees have received the necessary training to perform their jobs effectively and that they are aware of their responsibilities under the quality management system.

In addition to these documents, the organization may also be required to provide evidence of customer satisfaction, supplier performance, and other metrics that demonstrate the effectiveness of its quality management system.

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