The importance of compliance in manufacturing


When you work in manufacturing, you know compliance is key to meeting the standards expected of your business. From health and safety hazards to unsatisfactory goods, a breach in the system could damage operations. Such problems can lead to unhappy customers and harm the reputation of your business.

Achieving certification to ISO Standards shows your business complies with best practices, increases resilience and future-proofs your business.  And in fact, businesses that stay compliant can reap a lot of rewards. You can reduce the risk of products failing, improve consistency and output with production, and reduce waste and cost.

So, what are the must-have ISOs for businesses in the manufacturing industry?

Top ISO Standards for the manufacturing industry

ISO 9001

One of the most important Standards for businesses in the manufacturing industry is ISO 9001. ISO 9001 is the world’s most recognised quality management system Standard. It’s designed to help businesses of any size make sure they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders, by having a framework in place that helps ensure consistent quality.

Having processes in place to reduce risks and provide consistency within your supply chain is an important part of your quality management system. And as quality products and services are key to customer retention, you can see why ISO 9001 is a valuable Standard to have.

ISO 14001

Manufacturing products for today’s world produces a lot of greenhouse gases. In fact, according to the World Economic Forum, one-fifth of the world’s carbon emissions come from manufacturing and production, consuming 54% of the world’s energy sources.

ISO 14001 is the International Standard for environmental management systems and is designed to help businesses identify, manage, and reduce the environmental impact of their business.

With the increasing pressure on what businesses can do to tackle climate change, ISO 14001 can help you prove your green credentials whilst improving your performance and reputation.

ISO 45001

The cost and long-term reputational damage of even a minor work-related accident can be damaging for your business. Taking action to keep your employees safe is not only in your business’ best interest but is also a legal requirement.

With risks from raw materials, heavy goods and equipment, it can be difficult to keep everyone safe and manage day-to-day manufacturing. Add to this production pressures, maintenance issues, and the use of contractors – the health & safety risks in your business could be more than you think.

ISO 45001 is a global Standard that provides organisations with a solution to better manage physical health & safety risks, through an occupational health and safety management system – while reducing associated costs.

Gaining ISO 45001 certification demonstrates your business operates best practice and reduces the likelihood of accidents and breaches of legislation, as well as improving your organisation’s overall performance.

Benefits of ISOs in manufacturing

Implementing ISO management system Standards can deliver many benefits to your business, these include:

  • Better legal compliance
  • Minimise risk
  • Streamline processes
  • Increase efficiency
  • Reduce errors and costs
  • Win more business
  • Identify opportunities for improvements


If you’d like to chat to the experts about how ISO Standards can help your business, simply contact us on 0333 3443646 or get a free quote here.

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    Serena Cooper

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    Citation ISO Certification

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    Serena has worked for Citation ISO Certification since 2022, writing creative and informative content on ISO certification and consultation to help businesses reach their potential.


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