Possible? YES – Fast ISO 9001 Certification is possible. We know because we have done it by working with clients that have tight timeframes (eg tenders due) to get them certified in 10 days – including the Stage 1 and Stage 2 certification audit from a JAS-ANZ Accredited Certification Body.
Conditional? YES definitely. That’s right, there are some key conditions required to make a fast ISO 9001 certification a possibility in ten days. Read on for more information.
Conditions required for fast ISO 9001 Certification
As little as 10 days.
How to Get Fast ISO 9001 Certification
- Processes must be relatively straight forward – not excessively complicated.
Complicated processes take more time.
- The Senior Leadership Team must be totally committed to customer focus, Quality Management, achieving certification and continual improvement of the business.
- The company must be a relatively small business.
Preferably less than 20 employees.
- The business should only operate from a single location.
A ten-day timeframe for a National company with multiple locations wouldn’t be possible.
- Unrestricted access to all personnel.
- Employees must respond in a timely manner to any requests for information the ISO 9001 Consultant may have.
This may include review and approval of documentation, and updating of applicable registers/documentation with information eg Training and Competency Register, Equipment Test & Calibration Registers etc.
- The Certification Body will have to do a back to back audit which means the Stage 1 and Stage 2 ISO 9001 audit consecutively.
To do this, the Certification Body will need to have full confidence in the ISO Consultant’s ability to design the management system to meet the requirements of both the business and ISO 9001 without Non-conformities. We recommend SAI Global and QMS Certification Services – for more information see our article on ISO Certification Auditors.
- Certification Body auditor availability
The CB will need to have an auditor available at short notice that can carry out the audit of the management system to meet the requirements of ISO 19011:2018 Guidelines for auditing management systems
- The ISO 9001 Consultant may have to work after hours / over weekends to ensure:
Documentation is developed to requirements,
Internal audit reporting is completed, and action items are addressed accordingly,
QMS Management Review meetings are completed and minuted per requirements.
10 Day Fast-tracked Certification Timeline
Below is an example of a timeline that could be used for to achieve ISO 9001 certification in ten days, provided the above conditions are met. Schedule of days:
- 1 Gap analysis and information gathering
- 2 & 3 Quality Management System documentation development
- 4 Documentation review and amendment as required
- 5 Implementation
- 6 Internal audit and management review
- 7 Internal audit reporting and action outstanding items identified
- 8 Stage 1 Certification Body Audit
- 9 Stage 2 Certification Body Audit
- 10 Certification Body Audit Reporting & ISO 9001 Quality Management System Certification Awarded!
We are here to help
So, if you are in a tricky position with a late notice Tender then our ISO 9001 Consultants can pull out all stops and ensure you get certified, put your best foot forward on the tender response and hopefully win the contract you are chasing. That said we can’t work the impossible but we can help get you certified in 10 days if your business meets all of the conditions above. If it doesn’t then we can still help with an adjusted timeline. Contact Us today.
- ISO Consultants Brisbane 07 3667 8280
- ISO Consultants Sydney 02 8315 7780
- ISO Consultants Melbourne 03 9034 3990
Note: just because you are tight on time doesn’t mean you should settle for an unaccredited certification option. Always check your 9001 Certificate is JAS-ANZ Accredited!