Make sure they are UKAS accredited
The low cost, quick and easy, one stop shop approach of unaccredited certification bodies offering an off the shelf solution including consultation and certification may sound appealing. But it could prove to be a very poor decision if the certificate you end up with does not unlock the opportunities you had hoped for.
We speak to far too many businesses who have come to realise too late just how important UKAS accredited certification is – by the time they’ve realised the error of their ways, the business opportunity may have gone.
Consider pricing and quality
When selecting a certification body, it is essential to remember that the most expensive option does not always guarantee quality. Reading case studies and client reviews can help you determine if a certification body offers quality services at a fair price. Keep in mind that the initial cost is not the only expense to consider; you should also factor in recertification costs that may arise after three years.
Look for expert auditors
It is crucial to choose a certification body that employs auditors with exceptional knowledge and experience in your industry. These assessors should focus on critical issues such as strategy, objectives, key risks, and opportunities. They should also be approachable and professional.
Prioritise customer service
Gaining approval from a certification body is a significant investment that requires support throughout the process. Choose a certification body that provides excellent customer service and support, from preparing for the initial audit to booking audit stages and recertification after three years.
Focus on efficiency and integration
Integrating management systems can save time and money. For instance, if your business is considering integrating ISO 14001 and ISO 45001, look for a certification body that supports easy integration. This can help reduce costs and make it easier to meet management standards. If you’ve got multiple certificates with different certification bodies, it makes sense to settle on just one provider for simplicity and potential cost savings.
If you have any questions about ISO certification, auditing and the level of service you can expect from Alcumus ISOQAR, we’re always happy to speak with you. Call us on 0161 865 3699 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org