ISO 9001 Certification
Quality Management

ISO 9001 – the world’s most recognised Quality Management System Standard

Citation ISO Certification has issued over 18,000 ISO 9001 certifications to clients that have achieved management excellence in their quality management systems.

ISO 9001 certification has been adopted by over 1 million organisations across the world and is used by businesses like yours to continually monitor, manage and improve the quality of their products and services.

It is a powerful business improvement tool, providing the framework and guidance you need to help you consistently meet your customer’s expectations and regulatory requirements.

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What is ISO 9001?

ISO 9001 is the International Standard for Quality Management, first published in 1987 by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), it is one of the most commonly used management tools across the world. The current version of ISO 9001 is ISO 9001:2015 which includes more focus around customer satisfaction.

It is designed to help organisations ensure that they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders, by having a framework in place that drives improvement while helping to ensure consistent quality in the provision of goods and/or services through the correct application of a quality management system.

In order to achieve this certification, our ISO 9001 auditors will perform a gap analysis of your existing processes against the requirements of the ISO 9001 Standard, producing the management system for you while also creating a bespoke plan (with straightforward actions) that will help your business to gain ISO 9001 certification status.


How to prepare for ISO 9001 certification?

Preparing your business for ISO 9001 certification doesn’t have to be an extensive list that takes up business time and resources. If you don’t have any prior understanding of the requirements, then familiarise yourself before laying any foundations, so you know exactly what the criteria of the Standard entails. You’ll then be able to understand what work you need to do to put together a plan for ISO 9001 preparation. Consider the following points when preparing your business for ISO 9001 certification. 

  • Define the scope of your QMS – Which processes, departments and locations are included? Make sure you understand any changes to ISO 9001 before going further with your preparation. 
  • Assign roles and responsibilities – Assemble a team of responsible employees to oversee the implementation process. 
  • Conduct a gap analysis – Highlight areas that are meeting the ISO 9001 Standard, and other areas that need work. 
  • Implement a document control system – Outline your ISO 9001 processes, procedures and work instructions and establish a system to control and manage all relevant documentation. 
  • Employee training – Are your staff sufficiently trained? 
  • Corrective actions – Address any non-conformities.

The benefits of ISO 9001

An ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) will help you streamline your processes, reduce errors, free up valuable management time and improve internal communications. Companies adopting this approach benefit from increased employee morale, improved customer retention and healthier revenues.

In short, through certification to ISO 9001 you demonstrate that your organisation is customer-focused and committed to delivering high quality services.

Here are the top benefits of using the ISO 9001 framework:

  1. Increased efficiency: by following industry best-practice and focusing on quality you can reduce costs.

  2. Increased revenue: ISO 9001 helps to cement your reputation as a committed and trustworthy business. This means you can win more tenders and contracts, and be more efficient. You’ll retain more customers and experience higher levels of repeat custom.

  3. Higher levels of customer satisfaction: by understanding your customers’ needs and reducing errors you increase customer confidence in your ability to deliver products and services.

  4. Improved supplier relationships: the certification ensures best-practice processes are in place which can contribute to more efficient supply chains, meaning certification increases their confidence in your processes.

  5. Improved employee morale: by improving internal communications you ensure everyone works to one agenda.

How much does ISO 9001 cost?

Prices to gain ISO 9001 certification will vary based on the size and complexity of your business.

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The requirements of ISO 9001

The ISO 9001 Standard uses a structure of ten clauses called Annex SL which covers four key areas:

  1. Management Responsibility – the areas within the QMS that your management team need to focus on, be involved with and be accountable for

  2. Resource Management – how resources such as people, infrastructure and facilities must be assigned to ensure the best possible performance

  3. Product Realisation – details on how your business will operate in order to provide a high quality service or product

  4. Measurement, Analysis and Improvement – how you can determine if your Management System is working as expected, facilitating the continual improvement of your system

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How can Citation ISO Certification help your business to achieve ISO 9001 certification?

Our ISO 9001 certification consultancy process gets your business certified for success:


Our nationwide team of ISO 9001 consultants and auditors has provided certifications to clients ranging from SMEs to blue chip organisations across a broad spectrum of verticals and industries.


Our processes add value at every stage, without taking up unwarranted management time. We commit to providing you with the best possible value for money – including a price promise from the outset, along with the ability to stagger payments at no extra cost.


Our ISO 9001 consultancy removes the red tape and paperwork for you, making the process as smooth and uncomplicated as possible, and ensuring you get the framework that works for you.

How have businesses benefited from ISO 9001?

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    We have restructured and streamlined our team meetings, increasing staff morale. We have also produced an office manual accessible to all new staff members.

    Rowney Sharman (Jersey) Ltd

    Our Auditor on the day was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. He understood the business which helped greatly as this was our first Audit on the new combined manual for the 2015 standard of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

    David Gronow, Safety, Quality & Compliance Assistant Manager, Express Pipe Laying and Repairs Limited

3 Steps to Certification

With our help, the certification process can take as little as 45 days to complete

Getting to grips with the gaps

We’ll spend some time with you carrying out a gap analysis to see how your current processes and procedures match up to the requirements of the ISO Standard. And we’ll collect details of the areas that already do so we can create your bespoke management system for you in our smart online hub, Atlas.

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Getting up to Standard

Now it’s time to make any changes. With handy reminders to help you keep on track of tasks and editable templates at your fingertips, you can make sure all the records you need are in place to achieve certification.

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Getting ISO certification

An ISO auditor will check you’ve addressed any gaps correctly and that you’re following the documented processes. Once everything is in place, you’ll be recommended for certification. Your new certificate and certification marks will be ready to download from Atlas.

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Your all-in-one management system solution

Formerly known as QMS Connect, Atlas ISO delivers all the tools you need to achieve and maintain ISO compliance.

With simple navigation, real-time reporting and the ability to modify and update content on the go, Atlas keeps you in control. Accessible online via your computer, tablet or smartphone 24 hours a day, Atlas ISO helps you manage your ISO Management System in real-time.

Atlas helps engage your teams, so that you can capture data that will drive business decisions – increasing repeat business, reducing customer complaints and ultimately saving you both time and money.

ISO 9001 Resources

    Understanding ISO 9001

    Learn everything there is to know about the ISO 9001 Standard, from internal and external benefits through to understanding the structure of the system and what it means to implement it within your business. Download the ISO 9001 PDF now.

    Guide to implementing ISO 9001

    Understand the principles of ISO 9001  and how they impact your business. A bite-size ISO 9001 PDF that covers the principles of a quality management system.

    Standard Overview: ISO 9001

    Overview of the ISO 9001 Quality Management System Standard.

    Upgrading to ISO 9001:2015

    Transitioning your Management System from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015

    Guide to ISO certification

    Why you should choose us to assist your business with ISO certification. Download the ISO 9001 PDF and get certified today.

    Checklist for ISO 9001:2015 implementation

    Understand what ISO 9001:2015 requires from your business

    Beginner's Guide to ISO 9001

    Quality Management System requirements explained for every day users

    Top 10 Non-conformities for ISO 9001

    Areas to focus on in order to prevent non-conformities

    Case Study: Mode Print Services

    A real life case study of a company that obtained both ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 certification

    Case Study: Efinity Labs

    Learn more about how real businesses, like Efinity Labs, can explore new markets and push their growth ambitions with ISO 9001 in this case study.

    Case Study: LS Build

    Find out how London-based LS Build quickly adapted amid the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the processes and procedures put in place by their ISOs.

    QMS International Company Profile

    Find out about us, our achievements and some of our clients

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