ISOs are international standards that help organisations to consistently meet product and/or service requirements. They are published by the International Organization for Standardization.
Factoid: if you thought ISO was an acronym, it’s actually from the Greek isos, meaning equal, and it’s pronounced ‘eye-so’. Learn more.
Why do ISO standards exist?
Standards exist for practically everything you can think of: from helping to ensure that there is a consistent level of product safety for toys, through to ensuring that companies meet compliance requirements for customer and regulatory requirements.
That's our particular area of interest at Penarth Management Limited, because we support companies who wish to implement management systems to standards such as ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environmental), ISO 45001 (health and safety), and ISO 27001 (information security).
Why should companies implement ISO standards?
Typically, when we're asked to help companies or organisations to implement ISOs, it's because they want to win bigger business through a tendering process. They may have:
- Identified a tender opportunity that requires them to have an accredited management system.
- Failed to win recent tenders, where part of the reason given was a lack of a demonstrable, effective management system.
Implemented well, a good management system for any of these ISOs will help businesses and organisations to win more business.
But they will do far more than that.
They will help you to improve operational efficiency.
They will help to reduce costs.
The will help to improve product safety.
They will help your organisation to understand which areas they need to improve and why (whether it's because there are trends arising from audit findings, or because of a change in legislation that impacts daily operations).