Reducing company spending and cutting non-essential costs makes good business sense? So, it also makes sense to look at ISO Certification, given that it has become increasingly more expensive to maintain. And not just in terms of the external certification costs. Many companies are also looking to reduce the internal resources required to manage compliance.
If this is you, then there is a way to retain your ISO certification and cut costs and the time.
For organisations that have multiple standards like ISO9001 (QMS), ISO14001 (EMS) and ISO45001 (OH&S MS) we have found that many systems have been created independently of each other – implemented and managed in silos! This results in a duplication of effort and can mean the doubling, tripling (or more) of costs over the lifecycle of your management systems.
Combine your systems to save costs
Many organisations are not aware that they can make significant cost savings by integrating their systems i.e. a single combined management system that covers quality, health, safety and environmental performance.
Integrated management systems (IMS) save considerable time when conducting internal and external audits – if you’re auditing your health and safety system, why not check environmental and quality performance at the same time?
You can streamline your ISO documentation to cover multiple standards, policies procedures and the NCRs can all be administered under a single management system.
Use a blended approach to certification
Another way you can save money is by reviewing your certification costs. Many companies are considering whether they need UKAS certification for all their management systems or is it worthwhile adopting a blended approach to certification? By opting for a ‘blended approach’ organisations can choose, for instance, to have their QMS systems to be UKAS certified but opt to switch, say, their ISO45001 and ISO14001 to non UKAS.
Why is it worth switching to a non UKAS provider?
Non UKAS providers can also help achieve the same objectives with less bureaucracy and greater efficiency, as they are free to innovate and adapt, and work independently of UKAS and the EU.
The NDC certification scheme is widely accepted by industry. In most cases, customers simply require evidence that you have a robust ISO management system that is independently audited in order to satisfy tender opportunities or customer requirements.