How to Get ISO Certified in the UK

February 15, 2024
ISO Gap Analysis

In a dynamic business landscape, staying ahead often means meeting stringent quality standards. Safety Services Direct, a trusted name in the health and safety industry, has recently expanded its offerings to include ISO gap analysis services, empowering businesses to achieve ISO certification seamlessly. 

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll demystify the process, explore the nuances of ISO certification and accreditation, and share how Safety Services Direct can guide you through the journey.

What is ISO Certification?

Simply put, ISO certifications such as ISO 9001, ISO 45001, and ISO 14001 are globally recognised standards that ensure businesses adhere to the highest quality management practices by focusing on quality, occupational health and safety, and environmental management, respectively. 

To recieve ISO certification, UK businesses need to apply to an accredited ISO certification body, such as the British Assessment Bureau. ISO itself does not issue certificates but instead accredits United Kingdom accreditation service partners to conduct inspections and award certificates.

ISO Accreditation vs. ISO Certification

Often used interchangeably, these terms actually differ substantially, which is crucial to understand before delving into the certification process. ISO certification attests to a business’s adherence to specific standards, indicating that a company meets certain ISO standards and is provided by a third-party assessment body. On the other hand, ISO accreditation is the formal recognition of an organisation’s competence to perform specific tasks. 

In essence, ISO accreditation means that a company can assess other companies to determine if they meet ISO standards and issue certifications accordingly. It’s important to note that ISO accreditation applies to entire companies that provide ISO certification, further underlining the distinction between these two integral aspects of quality management systems.

Here is what ISO says about each:

Accreditation: “The formal recognition by an independent body, generally known as an accreditation body, that a certification body operates according to international standards.”

Certification: “The provision by an independent body of written assurance (a certificate) that the product, service or system in question meets specific requirements.”

ISO Certification Benefits

The advantages of ISO certification extend far beyond a mere compliance checkbox. Businesses that undergo ISO certification experience heightened credibility, increased competitiveness, improved quality management systems, and enhanced customer satisfaction. Safety Services Direct’s expertise in ISO 9001, ISO 45001, and ISO 14001 positions them as a reliable partner in realising these benefits.

Tip: To find out more about the benefits of ISO certification, read our blog.

ISO Certification Process

Embarking on the journey to ISO certification involves a well-defined process:

  • Initial Assessment and Gap Analysis: Safety Services Direct begins by conducting a comprehensive analysis of your current processes, identifying gaps and areas for improvement.
  • Developing a Quality Management System (QMS): Crafting a robust Quality Management System tailored to your business needs is the next step. Safety Services Direct specialises in creating efficient systems that align with ISO standards.
  • Implementation of QMS: The QMS should then be implemented across your organisation, ensuring seamless integration into your existing operations.
  • Internal Audits: Regular internal audits should be conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the QMS and address any emerging issues.
  • Management Review: A thorough review by top management ensures that the QMS aligns with organisational goals and objectives, as well as ISO certification standards.
  • Certification Audit by an Accredited Body: Safety Services Direct guides you through the final stage, coordinating with accredited bodies to conduct the certification audit.

Safety Services Direct’s ISO Gap Analysis Services

ISO gap analysis is a pivotal step in the certification journey. Safety Services Direct’s tailored gap analysis services for ISO 9001, ISO 45001, and ISO 14001 are designed to identify shortcomings and streamline the process so that your business can successfully achieve certification. Our expertise ensures a smooth transition from analysis to certification, providing businesses with a roadmap to excellence.

Ready to Gain ISO Certification?

Embarking on the journey to ISO certification is a strategic move that goes beyond compliance – it’s a commitment to excellence. Safety Services Direct, with our proven track record in health and safety auditing and risk assessment expertise, is the ideal partner in continual improvement and operational excellence. Seize the opportunity to elevate your organisation to new heights this year with ISO certification by contacting us today.


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