When all requirements of the ISO 9001 standard are met, and it can be so proven by internal audits, the organization may proceed to an external audit. This external audit should be carried out by a third party – accredited certification body.
Certification will be carried out in 2 Stages. Stage 1 covers document review and Stage 2 checks the functioning of management system within the company.
During the ISO 9001 certification the auditor will focus on reviewing the quality policy, procedures, and will analyse how the company understands quality and if it has established management goals and objectives that are measureable and achievable.
The Auditor will also check if the work methods that are employed are in accordance with procedures and the established goals and appropriate records are kept.
After positively completing the certification the Auditor shall recommend that a certificate for ISO 9001 is issued and registered.
The next steps are surveillance audits which are aimed to assure that the management system continuous to be effective, is being improved and still in compliance with ISO 9001 standard.