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What is ISO 9001 and why is it needed

16.01.2017
What is ISO 9001 and why is it needed

The standardization system is over half a century old: an agreement to coordinate efforts in the development of industrial standards was signed in 1946. Today, it has 21,000 standards covering virtually every aspect of business and technology. Their development and implementation is carried out by the International Organization for Standardization (IOS), which includes partners from 165 countries. It was created to facilitate the international exchange of goods and services and cooperation in the scientific, technological and economic spheres.

Why are international standards needed? Imagine that you are traveling from Ukraine to Germany by bike. In another country, the bike breaks down. You need fasteners. The ISO system ensures that in any specialized German store you can find bolts and nuts that are suitable for repairs. Bicycle and component manufacturers have agreed on uniform standards to make you comfortable in any country.

The most famous line of standards is ISO 9000. In general terms, this is a consensus adopted by members of the organization about the management practices in production that are needed to ensure the proper quality of goods.

The ISO 9001 standard was developed in 1984 and was revised four times: in 1994, 2000, 2008 and 2015. Today, more than a million organizations around the world have passed the examination on it. In our country, its national equivalents operate: GOST ISO 9001 in versions 2011 and 2015.

A company that complies with the standard adheres to certain rules and regulations in the organization of technological and business processes, which guarantee the established quality of products or services. First of all, it is a signal to the consumer.