Microscope Calibration Certification

First, lets review what ISO 9001 Certification means in an official sense. It means that a Certification Body, often called a Registrar, accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) has closely audited the ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) and found that it meets all the requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 QMS Standard.

This means the organization is committed to total quality management; a customer focus, a continually improving process approach implemented throughout the organization, critical processes and their interactions are understood and documented, and a strong management commitment to all these facets of the ISO 9001 QMS.  Plus, all of these quality management system facets are verified by a independent third party who understands ISO 9001 QMS as well as the industry in which the organization operates.

What does it mean to be ISO/IEC 17025-2005 accredited?  It actually means several things to your organization’s quality assurance program and quality reputation.

There are many commonalities with the ISO 9000 standard, but ISO/IEC 17025 is more specific in requirements for competence. And it applies directly to those organizations that produce testing and calibration results. Since its initial release, a second release was made in 2005 after it was agreed that it needed to have its quality system words more closely aligned with the 2000 version of ISO 9001.

Once your organization is certified, you can communicate to your customers, prospects, and to the world that you have a quality management system that meets the requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 QMS Standard.  You can put this information on web sites, brochures, and other materials.  However, you are not allowed to use the ISO logo. Instead, ask permission to use your registrar’s logo to show evidence of certification.  Plus, always provide complete and accurate information about the certification.  For example, it is recommended to say ISO 9001:2008 Certified as opposed to ISO Certified.

Many organizations make claims about the quality of the products and services they provide.  When your organization undergoes an audit by an expert third party certifier, you have evidence that you organization has an established and functional QMS that meets the highly respected requirements of the ISO 9001 Standard.

MicroscOptics Certificate and Scope (2016)