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9 Tips for Choosing the Best ISO Certification Body in India

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9 Criteria for Selecting the Right ISO Certification Body

For an organization deciding to become ISO certified has to go through two important decision-making process. The first one is obvious and the most time-taking that is to take the call of becoming ISO compliant. The second one which is again a critical decision – Selecting the right certification body that can assist the organization in the entire process.

When searching for ISO certification agencies, hundreds of results pop up in the search result and it seems difficult to choose the best one. Based on various studies and feedbacks from already certified businesses, apart from the cost part, the following nine tips can ease up the selection process.

Tips to Choose the Most Suitable ISO Certification Agency

1. Agency with Industry Specialization: It is always important to check what kind of organizations the agency has assisted in ISO certification. Because the consultants of the certification agency must be aware of the industry processes to run you through the compliance process and even able to suggest easily executable changes.

2. Ample Years of Experience: Experience of the ISO certification agency or the consultants associated is another key requirement. This is to ensure that you do not miss out on any valuable insights or areas of change for getting the ISO certificate. So, it’s always suggested to ask for the consultants’ profiles before signing the contract.

3. Agency with ISO Accreditation: You need to check whether the certification agency has the license or necessary accreditation from the ISO authorized body to help you with the certification process.

4. Audit Expansion: Check with the agency that they don’t just provide an one-time assistance in the ISO certification process. Because today your organization is ISO 9001:2008 certified and next year you might want to go for ISO 9001:2015 or ISO 22301 implementation. So, the processes of your organizations need to be aligned from the beginning to adhere to the core ISO principles or else, it would be starting from the scratch every time.

5. Local Presence: The overhead cost associated with the consultants’ inter-continent travel if the certification agency does not have a local presence. Without local presence, the certification process can also take more time than expected as the process involves periodic evaluation and implementation.

6. Communication: The communication language is crucial to stay on page with the process progress. Even though you can always take the help of translators, still things are easy to comprehend for your staff and management team if the certification body communicate in the same language that you use for official communication.

7. Cultural Fit: Though many businesses are free from the regional bias and this might not be a necessary yard stick, still it’s good if the certification agency is not biased with any cultural inclination. At the same time, it’s also important to check that the consultants of the agency are accommodative of your staff’s feelings and customs for a smooth implementation of the prescribed regulations.

8. Training and Documentation: The certification agency must mention the training and documentation assistance in their scope of service. This is necessary for your staff to maintain the organizational system in compliance with ISO regulations.

9. Agency with Good Reputation: For an organization, showcasing the ISO certification can fetch more number of high-value projects. So, why not getting it done through a reputed certification agency with great feedbacks from other organizations. This has two benefits – the certificate as well as showcasing that the certification is from a known body.

Many start-ups, mid-size businesses, and small organizations usually look for an ISO certification agency that is asking the least price. When cost is one of the natural pointers for deciding on the certification agency, there are more important aspects to look for as discussed above. In the longer run, ISO certification will give your business the much expected dividends, so it’s wise to choose the certification assistance body after careful evaluation.

Reach ISO, an initiative of Blue Santos Technologies is one of the leading ISO certification service providers in India. Along with a competitive pricing, Reach ISO’s consultants are certified and highly experienced to provide quality assistance for all your ISO compliance requirements.

ISO 14001 Standard Implementation by Reach ISO

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Reach ISO Implemented ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard for a Renowned Saud Arabian Firm

Our Client – Saud Arabian Multi Functionary Business Consulting Firm

The client is a visionary business consulting company based out of Saud Arabian region. With a legacy in trading and stock market, over the years the client has successfully ventured into many other business areas. As the client’s company has a clear understanding of the Saud Arabian market, they have been helping businesses and partners with crucial business information for a sustainable financial growth as a joint venture or otherwise.
The client’s company has the clear motto of consistently delivering quality work to customers by innovative technologies and solutions. Having strong technical expertise, great network of business relationships, and a vast range of high-quality products and services, the client is a popular name for their strong adherence to ethical practices and customer centric approach.

Requirements to Evaluate Existing Systems and Implement ISO 14001 Standard Appropriately

Before approaching Reach ISO, the client had implemented ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 with lots of irregularities in the system which was affecting their overall performance. This was the reason, the client wanted us to perform a thorough audit and re-implement the ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System and OHSAS 18001 – Occupational Health & Safety Assessment Standard appropriately.

On conducting the initial gap analysis, the ISO consultants at Reach ISO found out numerous flaws, unwanted documentation, and practices in the client’s system. This was an example of how a poorly implemented Management System hampers the productivity of an organization. Now the challenge before our ISO consultants was to start everything fresh by unlearning a lot of the poorly implemented practices from the system in the client’s organization. As it’s easy to learn than to unlearn something at an organizational level, the Reach ISO team brainstormed each and every aspect of it before taking the first step.

Brief Outline of Our ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Implementation Process

After going through the client’s operations, management practices, and delivery system Reach ISO’s consulting team developed a process map to implement the ISO standards:

      1.In a move to unlearn the defective practices, our team identified the most affected processes. The team conducted a special awareness training program and implemented a very neutral process temporarily to corroborate the improvements attained.
      2.As the neutral process and its results gave us sufficient data to validate our brief gap analysis, we initiated implementing the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 appropriately.
      3.The implementation process included an improved and customized Environmental Aspect and Impact Management, Occupational Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Determining Controls.
      4.After implementing the standards, we conducted a detailed review and found considerable improvements over the neutral process implemented earlier.

    How the Client Overcome Poorly Implemented Standards with Reach ISO’s Assistance

    This ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 implementation by Reach ISO demonstrated how an appropriately implemented management system always ensures improvement and breaks the myth which many organizations believe that implementing a management system can affect the performance and the overall efficiency of the organization. With Reach ISO’s assistance, the client achieved the following benefits:

      Our client was able to drastically reduce its carbon footprint. Also, as a way of giving back to the environment a lot of environmental awareness activities were conducted by the client regularly, which eventually paid back them in terms of becoming a popular model organization. The client’s organization even received numerous honors and awards from their customers and other social bodies for being an environmentally friendly organization.
      Implementing OHSAS appropriately also reduced the hazard incidents at the client’s place by 68%, and now the client is better equipped to handle any hazard scenarios. The work floor and manufacturing floors of their premises now reflect a much better working environment in terms of health and safety.

CMMI Level 3 Implementation by Reach ISO

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Reach ISO Assisted Software Services Provider in the US with CMMI Level 3 Appraisal in Just 84 Days

About the Client – Multinational Software Technology Firm

The client is a multinational software technology firm offering innovative services and solutions in the financial payments industry. Known for its next-gen technology solutions, the client has been constantly catering to various industry verticals including Bank, Healthcare, Telecom, Retail, and more. Our client has brought NFC Mobile wallet solutions and has made the financial transactions process hassle free in the payment ecosystem. As an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/IEC 27000:2013 certified company, the client has aimed at providing innovative solutions to its customers at a cost effective price.

Client Requirements and the Challenges that Reach ISO Overcome

As our client was already an ISO 9001:2008 certified firm and a leading provider of B2B and B2C software solutions, they wanted to go for CMMI implementation to further optimize their development process. For any organization to think of a stringent appraisal process like CMMI is itself a challenge. After the initial review of the client’s requirement, Reach ISO took the challenge and promised the client to get them CMMI DEV level 3 appraisal within one quarter as per their requirement.

Apart from the extremely tight deadline of 90 days in total, the actual project challenges were to plan the project, prepare the client, and implement the changes in time. This CMMI level 3 appraisal process required extensive preparation at the client’s end and strict review process to ensure everything is well in place. Moreover, scheduling of the appraisal process itself requires two weeks time to complete.

Reach ISO’s Approach to the CMMI Level 3 Appraisal Project

For an organization, the first and foremost step to obtain CMMI level 3 appraisal is to have strong adherence to the Quality Management and Information Security Management guidelines which is known as ISO 9001 and ISO 27001. So, we started with implementing these management standards, and reviewed, revised, and further improved to make the processes full proof.

This certainly gave us a head start of identifying key areas to focus before moving toward CMMI L3 implementation. Once the requirement parameters are clear, Reach ISO consultants decided on putting together a strong internal team at the client’s place and get them effectively trained to handle CMMI L3. The training process included SAS CMMI, ATM training, and a customized implementation training. To complete all these processes including the CMMI implementation, our consultants at Reach ISO prepared a step-wise plan:

1. After signing the necessary agreements and contracts, our consultants started with identifying and setting up the internal team.
2. The next step was to go for Gap analysis and implementation training.
3. The CMMI training and preparing the client’s workforce for handling the CMMI changes on SAS-CMMI was the next big step which took close to a week time.
4. Our consultants then implemented the suggested changes, reviewed and initiated the registration with CMMI institution for conducting the appraisal.
5. The SCAMPI appraisal process that followed included the Appraisal Planning, ATM Training, PIIDs Review, On-site Appraisal Conduct, and Submission.
6. We closed the project once the client’s organization got the approval from the CMMI Institute by issue of the CMMI Level 3 certificate.

Mere 84 Days and the Client Obtained CMMI DEV Level 3 Appraisal

In the course of CMMI implementation, the client’s organization went through a number of improvements not just from the CMMI point of view but from the complete organization’s POV. With our training and detailed documentation of their process, our client was able to plan and execute changes easily and virtually never missed a delivery deadline. The client was also able to assess any project from all aspects, which made their planning and execution highly efficient.

As a result of achieving CMMI DEV L3 status, our client obtained a better market reach and could participate in all the major tenders successfully. Moreover, after achieving the CMMI DEV L3 appraisal, our client started receiving increased number of projects and had to double its workforce by expanding in other geographies.
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Record CMMI Appraisals and the Growing Trend to Continue

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Record CMMI Appraisals Indicate Growing Demand for Improved Organizational Capabilities

CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) appraisals and its benefits are at the top of the business news recently. As the CMMI Institute declared that the record number of 2,237 organizations has achieved the prestigious CMMI certification in a year, businesses probably have started relating these appraisals to improved organizational capabilities. That’s the reason, not only large organizations but even among the small scale business houses, clearly, it’s a growing trend of getting certified and staying compliant. In this context, Kirk Botula, the CEO of CMMI Institute has rightly said – “CMMI appraisals are recognized around the world as a trustworthy measure of an organization’s capability to deliver higher quality products and services.”

CMMI Model as a Yard Stick

CMMI is an ideal development model that has been designed by taking an ample number of data references from the organizations who had joined the initial phase of the research conducted by the US Department of Defense. Since then, the model has gone through many modifications and has been extensively used worldwide by government agencies, corporate, business houses, etc. The model has been accepted as a yardstick of what an organization can do to streamline its processes that would lead to improved performance of products, services, and internal operations.
How CMMI Works for Organizations

According to McKinsey & Company, the capability is anything and everything that a business does well and it leads toward producing meaningful business outcomes. This organization which is one of the oldest management consulting house also believes that if a company’s key capabilities are defined without any ambiguity, every person and element associated with that company start complimenting each other. Many still ask the question – how the capability maturity model implementation actually helps organizations weigh their organizational capabilities? And the answer lies in adherence to CMMI itself which enables organizations in evaluating their capabilities against ideal organizational practices and finding out the key drivers resulting superior performance.

Allianz’s CMMI Implementation and 123% Raise in On-budget Project Completion

There is ‘n’ number of examples of organizations who have successfully implemented CMMI standards have been at the receiving end of a streamlined internal as well as delivery processes and great reputation. One such example that every other leading CMMI consultant takes often is of Allianz UK. Already being Europe’s largest insurance provider, when they decided to re-design their distinct capabilities in engineering innovation and project management, nobody knew what impact it would bring. In order to address the complexity of their functions in different geographies, when Allianz implemented CMMI, they got overwhelmed with the result. With 39 percent rise in on-time project delivery, whopping 53 percent increase in the number of satisfied customer responses, and an unbelievable 123 percent rise in overall project completion on budget surprised the entire industry. In this context, Jean Harris, the Director for System Development for Allianz UK, said – “In today’s rapidly evolving world, the ability to create new value and the ability to be innovative is now more important to an organization’s survival than at any other time in our history.”

Booze Allen Hamilton Exceeded 94% SLA Meet by Becoming a CMMI Level 5 Company

Another similar spectacular example is of Booze Allen Hamilton, a multi-billion dollar American management consulting company. Since 1998, Booze Allen Hamilton has attained a record of 18 CMMI appraisals as part of their continuous improvement drive. In the year 2016, the company achieved the feat of becoming a CMMI Maturity Level 5 company from CMMI Maturity Level 3. This broadly resulted in 35 percent dipping in the average ticket resolution time and enabled them with smooth handling of complex systems.

CMMI Certification Will Continue to be in Demand

The year 2016 saw 16 percent growth in the number of organizations obtaining CMMI certification and through the statistics is yet to be made public, it must be a whopping number in 2017 as well. Krik Botula earlier mentioned – “Every year more and more organizations realize the value of a CMMI maturity level and in 2016 we saw that growth particularly in the US, China, and India.” Nevertheless according to leading CMMI consultants and leaders, the year 2018 will be no different and would be even more progressive in terms of businesses taking interest in getting certified to stay competitive with their customers.

ISO 27001 ISMS Standard Implemented by Reach ISO

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Reach ISO Implemented ISO 27001 – ISMS for Singapore-based Research and Analytics Firm
About the Client – Research & Analytics Firm

The client is a reputed business house specialized in business intelligence and advanced analytics. With extensive understanding of various industry verticals, business models, and new technological innovations, the client is a leading provider of advanced data analytics, cloud computing, and data visualization. Catering to a global customer group dealing with cloud, client-server and mobile platforms, the client helps businesses on implementing appropriate big data tools and solutions. Being a research firm, the client organization is also contributor to machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, and adaptive analytics, etc.

Project Challenge – Securing Sensitive Business Data from Loss or Misuse

The challenge before our client was the safety of sensitive organizational data. As the client organization started growing, it on-boarded more number of employees and without proper proxy server in place, the existing data storage infrastructure seem vulnerable to loss or misuse of sensitive business information. Because all the data was stored on a local server with minimal security measures and without any periodic backup schedules, the security leaders soon realized that it could be a easy target for data theft.
So, the client wanted to implement a security system that would secure their entire system bound with appropriate authentication, authorization, and accountability conditions. The client also insisted on handing over the task to an experienced ISO certification consultancy that can implement the suitable security solution in line with the operational model as well as the data gathering and storage architecture of their organization.

ISO 27001 Security Management System Implementation by Reach ISO

After the initial discussion with the Reach ISO team, the client’s leadership team was satisfied with the team’s approach and signed the project contract.
• The Reach ISO consultants had a detailed discussion with the client on the requirement and drafted all the vulnerable areas.
• The Reach ISO team also identified all contributing factors and planned a detailed outline to implement a security management system based on the guidelines of ISO 27001 to secure the client’s organizational system.
• The team set up and implemented a highly effective IT security policy that included everything from data encryption to data backup.
• To further strengthen the overall security management system, the Reach ISO consultants introduced a customized risk mitigation plan that included proactive action items for every possible threat to the system.
• Reach ISO team also ensured that the security management system incorporates security updates and change management along with disaster preparedness and recovery procedures.
• With a detailed process documentation, the team suggested to secure the data by moving to an encrypted cloud-based server having three-levels of backup.

Key Takeaways from This Project

On implementing the Information Security Management system (ISMS), our client saved a significant amount of money on server room maintenance as the entire data storage system moved to the cloud. Also, with this move, the client was able to manage the IT assets better and the maintenance cost of IT assets came down drastically. Apart from all this, the client was also benefitted with new customers asking secured data management requirements and could even participate in numerous BFSI tenders. Reach ISO secured another satisfied customer to its list of clientele.

ISO 9001 Implementation by Reach ISO

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8-Decade Old Printing Press Company Benefitted with ISO 9001 Implementation by Reach ISO
Our Client – Eight Decade Old Printing Press Company

The client is one of the oldest organizations involved in research and innovation in the field of global printing industry. Starting from printer equipment supply to technical, performance, and process related solutions, the client organization has been a reliable name for quality and sustainability for over 8 decades now. With a mission of shaping the future of printing industry, the client has implemented several business ideas and innovative technologies to take the business to the next level. With above 11,000 employees and sales partners at 250 locations, the client has a global footprint in 170 countries around the world.

Project Challenge – Unavailability of Measures to Capture Customer Service Process

This is another usual problem in the typical organizational structure to ignore or give less importance to the customer service management system. Our client did not have a proper process to capture customer interactions and thus no means to monitor, analyze, and improvise on that front. As a result of this the client was losing a lot of potential business opportunities.
So, with a huge number of customer enquiries, the client was in need of a sophisticated process to document customer interactions, capture the nature of queries, level of solution imparted, and the level of customer satisfaction, etc. After learning about Reach ISO and having the initial conversation, the client decided on handing over the project because of our prior experience and a certified team of ISO certification consultants.

ISO 9001 Implementation by Reach ISO to Streamline Customer Management Process

First of all, the Reach ISO consultants got the clear understanding of the customer engagement model at our client’s organization and its existing customer service process. Comparing the existing model with the ideal scenario customer service model, our ISO certification consultants devised the plan for implementing appropriate customer service management process by integrating customer enquiry, smart requirement gathering, and periodic requirement review, etc.
We made the client understood that ISO 9001 standard focuses primarily on customer satisfaction and built up an extensive process based on the standard requirement. Our team of ISO consultants helped the client in customizing and standardizing the customer service management process to the need of our client. As part of the ISO implementation, we also introduced an effective feedback system that ensured the customer satisfaction levels always stay above 80%.

How the Client Benefited from ISO Implementation

After implementing the ISO 9001 Customer Management System, the average customer satisfaction level of the client is now at around 92% and also close to 60% of the returning customers has requested new orders. These figures are undoubtedly a significant improvement in the client’s part and Reach ISO’s part as well. Apart from a happy client, with this successful project we secured a long-term business relationship with the client.

What is Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point and why it is required?

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Everybody is not familiar with Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point so, first of all, we will have to know, what is HACCP. This article is informative and will enlighten the facts that are known to be the principals on which HACCP is dependent.

HACCP certification services in India is well known to be a resourceful unit and has made out for many hazards beforehand. But first, we will see what exactly is HACCP. As you are familiar with the full form it is the Internationally recognized system which reduces the risk and increases the safety in food Hazards. The HACCP System requires that possible hazards are recognized and controlled at a particular point in the process. This includes biological, chemical and even physical hazards. Whichever company is involved in the manufacturing, processing or handling of food commodities can use HACCP to reduce or get rid of food safety hazards in their product. There are few HACCP certification bodies in Bangalore that work in the best interest of the people. One should just know the right place to go.

Preconditioned programs are programs that are put in place of the facility to control the hazards in the surroundings, preventing contamination of the manufactured goods that are to be consumed. Therefore the primary reason for the invention of these programs is to ensure a hygienic atmosphere and good built-up process for employees that reduce the risk of contamination of the food items. Only for this purpose, the government has many HACCP Certification companies in India.

This means that if you do not have enough knowledge in your association you will need to recognize the external resources that you can use to carry out the hazard analysis. The hazard identification is done in two steps, first the detection of hazards, then an assessment of the hazard. The danger evaluation is a fortitude of the degree of jeopardy to the user from the known hazard. HACCP accreditation consultant in India is always there to help you whenever you want.

Now the second step from the above point in your process can control and it is applied to prevent or get rid of the hazards that have been known. These are your significant organize points. For each critical control point, you will spot the blocking measure. But then you will have to answer a few question before this and they are, How will you stop the danger?: Use of exact Temperature, ph, time and procedures?

The Indian government is very much praised in giving any kind of certification to a company so if you get in touch with any company who has a tag that says, ACCP certification in India then you can rely on that firm.

To defend themselves, multinational food manufacturers, retailers, and the grocers are asking their suppliers to implement the Food Safety Management Systems to be on the safer side.

There we can say that you will always have this kind of flux in mind that “Is this food secure?”. So, don’t be in the dilemma, be sure.

How ISO 9001 Implementation can Benefit a Consultancy Company?

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On one side, we see that organizations are often required or feel obliged to execute a certified ISO 9001 quality management system. More and more consumers demand that their suppliers work in accordance with the ISO 9001 standard. But on the other hand there are many who complain things the otherwise. In this article, we are going to talk about the advantages that one can get if he hires ISO 9001 certification consultants in Bangalore. Here are few points that will justify my claim.

  1. You have an objective to proof that your organization that you own or are working in attaches a great importance to the quality and that you have it checked regularly by an independent party who is working in the well being of your company. This commitment increases the self-confidence of all the units in your organization.
  2. ISO 9001 certification agencies in India will help you achieve higher operating effectiveness. It will straightly effect the production and the profit of the company on the whole in a positive way. The firms that consider eminence management to be an integral part of their business mostly they have a thinking of getting thinks certified. Some of these operations usually achieve a higher operating efficiency than the other. Those who don’t have this management will always be on the unhealthy side.
  3. A certified ISO 9001 quality management system increases the quality of your services and raises your staff’s awareness. You can easily find ISO 9001 certification companies in India. They are ready to help you and act as a guide to you whenever needed. So, don’t just trust whosoever approaches you. Just go for those who will keep that trust going and will not let you down because it is well said, “Finding the right fish is very tough.”
  4. A certified ISO 9001 quality management scheme ensures clear processes and structures, tasks and everyday jobs throughout the entire organization are well taken care off. This increases the participation of your employees, which improves the environment and creates effective atmosphere and reduces the stress of work.
  5. You can also save your company by detecting and identifying problems in fine time, which means that you can swiftly take steps to avoid the same mistakes anytime in the future.
  6. You make it obvious to your staff, your partners, your customers and the outside world that client approval is at the core of your business.
  7. A certified ISO 9001 quality organization system gives you a positive company image, raising you up to the level of your competitors or maybe even a level higher.
  8. It is perhaps also in your profitable interest, seeing that more and more customer’s demand that their suppliers work in unity with a certified ISO 9001 quality management system.

These are few of those points that mainly counts in proving that ISO 9001 certification bodies in Bangalore are very much important when you aim to grow your business and think of earning more profit.

How Reach ISO work

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Benefits of International Standards
International Standards are the backbone of our society, ensuring the safety and quality of products and services, facilitating international trade and improving the environment in which we live in.
Conformity to International Standards helps reassure consumers that products, systems and organizations are safe, reliable and good for the environment.

Economic benefits of standards
Numerous studies have shown that standards boost business and economies. In the UK, for example, standards account for an $8.2bn annual growth in GDP, while in Canada, the use of standards has injected over $91bn into the economy since 1981.
See our extensive range of case studies and reports on the economic benefits of standards.

For business
International Standards are strategic tools and guidelines to help companies tackle some of the most demanding challenges of modern business. They ensure that business operations are as efficient as possible, increase productivity and help companies access new markets.

  • Cut costs, through improved systems and processes
  • Increase customer satisfaction, through improved safety, quality and processes
  • Access new markets, through ensuring the compatibility of products and services
  • Reduce their impact on the environment.

ISO 9001, for example, has been shown to improve sales, customer satisfaction, corporate image and market share (Manders 2014) and ISO 14001 has been shown to have a positive impact on environmental performance (de Vries et al, 2012).

Businesses also benefit from taking part in the standard development process. A study by AFNOR, ISO’s member for France, showed that companies involved in standardization saw an extra 20% growth in annual sales. Read more about the benefits of getting involved in standards development.

For Consumers

ISO has over 21000 standards touching almost all aspects of daily life.
When products and services conform to International Standards consumers can have confidence that they are safe, reliable and of good quality. For example, ISO’s standards on road safety, toy safety and secure medical packaging are just a selection of those that help make the world a safer place.
To make sure that the benefits of ISO International Standards are as broad as possible, ISO supports the involvement of consumers in standard development work with its Committee on consumer policy (COPOLCO).
International Standards on air, water and soil quality, on emissions of gases and radiation and environmental aspects of products contribute to efforts to preserve the environment and the health of citizens.

For government

ISO standards draw on international expertise and experience and are therefore a vital resource for governments when developing public policy.
National governments can use ISO standards to support public policy, which has a number of benefits, including:

Getting expert opinion – By integrating an ISO standard into national regulation, governments can benefit from the opinion of experts without having to call on their services directly.
Opening up world trade – ISO international standards are adopted by many governments, so integrating them into national regulation ensures that requirements for imports and exports are the same the world over, therefore facilitating the movement of goods, services and technologies from country to country.

Why Reach ISO

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Benefits of International Standards
International Standards are the backbone of our society, ensuring the safety and quality of products and services, facilitating international trade and improving the environment in which we live in.
Conformity to International Standards helps reassure consumers that products, systems and organizations are safe, reliable and good for the environment.

Economic benefits of standards
Numerous studies have shown that standards boost business and economies. In the UK, for example, standards account for an $8.2bn annual growth in GDP, while in Canada, the use of standards has injected over $91bn into the economy since 1981.
See our extensive range of case studies and reports on the economic benefits of standards.

For business
International Standards are strategic tools and guidelines to help companies tackle some of the most demanding challenges of modern business. They ensure that business operations are as efficient as possible, increase productivity and help companies access new markets.

  • Cut costs, through improved systems and processes
  • Increase customer satisfaction, through improved safety, quality and processes
  • Access new markets, through ensuring the compatibility of products and services
  • Reduce their impact on the environment.

ISO 9001, for example, has been shown to improve sales, customer satisfaction, corporate image and market share (Manders 2014) and ISO 14001 has been shown to have a positive impact on environmental performance (de Vries et al, 2012).

Businesses also benefit from taking part in the standard development process. A study by AFNOR, ISO’s member for France, showed that companies involved in standardization saw an extra 20% growth in annual sales. Read more about the benefits of getting involved in standards development.

For Consumers

ISO has over 21000 standards touching almost all aspects of daily life.
When products and services conform to International Standards consumers can have confidence that they are safe, reliable and of good quality. For example, ISO’s standards on road safety, toy safety and secure medical packaging are just a selection of those that help make the world a safer place.
To make sure that the benefits of ISO International Standards are as broad as possible, ISO supports the involvement of consumers in standard development work with its Committee on consumer policy (COPOLCO).
International Standards on air, water and soil quality, on emissions of gases and radiation and environmental aspects of products contribute to efforts to preserve the environment and the health of citizens.

For government

ISO standards draw on international expertise and experience and are therefore a vital resource for governments when developing public policy.
National governments can use ISO standards to support public policy, which has a number of benefits, including:

Getting expert opinion – By integrating an ISO standard into national regulation, governments can benefit from the opinion of experts without having to call on their services directly.
Opening up world trade – ISO international standards are adopted by many governments, so integrating them into national regulation ensures that requirements for imports and exports are the same the world over, therefore facilitating the movement of goods, services and technologies from country to country.

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