The ISO 9001 standard was first introduced in 1987 and has been revised roughly every 7 years since then. It is the international standard that specifies requirements for quality management system (QMS) implementation.
The standard itself is divided into sections which are known as Clauses and each Clause contains a set of requirements. To achieve certification against this standard your organisation must be able to demonstrate that it has addressed each of these Clauses and requirements.
The ISO 9001 standard is designed to apply to all organisations from large multi-national corporations to small local business with only a few staff.
How you are able to demonstrate you meet the requirements is open to interpretation; you need to decide what is appropriate to your organisation.
More and more organisations now make it an absolute requirement to only deal with ISO 9001 certified companies. It helps assure them you have the appropriate controls and competency to deliver quality products or services.
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