The International Organization for
Standardization (ISO) was established in 1947 and is
(currently) an association of approximately 155
National Standards Bodies, which each represent their
own country. ISO employs a system of Technical
Committees, Sub-committees and Working Groups to
develop International Standards.
2. Who is responsible for developing
the ISO 9001 standards?
ISO Technical Committee (TC) number
176 (ISO/TC 176), and its Sub-committees, are
responsible for the development of the standards.
3. How long it take to get ISO 9001 certification?
Depending upon the commitment of the
owner-managers, the time taken could be 15-45 days.
4. What is the validity period of ISO 9001
An ISO 9001 certification is granted initially for
a period of three years.
5. Is there any fine on non-compliance after obtaining
ISO 9001 certification?
No, there is no provision of any fine in such
6. Can there be surprise audit to see
if the ISO 9001 standards are being adhered to after
certification is obtained?
There is no such thing as a
spot/surprise ISO 9001 audit. Once the certification
is obtained then only surveillance audits are
conducted, every year or so that with prior
7. Will ISO 9001 improve our financial
ISO 9001 can improve your
company's financial performance if it is properly
implemented. An ISO 9001 Quality Management System can
help you to improve your bottom line because it can
reduce the costs associated with poor quality (the
cost of repairs, rework, complaints, returns, warranty
work, law suits, etc.). And, of course, if ISO 9001
helps you keep your old customers and attract new
ones, it will certainly improve your financial