What is ISO Certification
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As businesses large and small seek to establish their claim on what today is
a truly global market place, ISO certification has risen to the forefront like
never before. In fact, becoming certified with the ISO can mean a big jump in a
business prospects, simply due to the recognition factor.
What is the ISO?
ISO is the shorthand term for the International Standards Organization. This
body was developed in Switzerland in 1945, right after World War II. The purpose
of the body is to create international standards for industrial and commercial
products within a business. Although it is officially a non-governmental
organization, the power and money that the organization wields is enough to make
governments in all developed countries take an interest in what they have to
say, often turning ISO recommendations into law.
Receiving certification by the ISO means that a business has agreed to uphold
certain standards and practices in its day-to-day operations. These standards
are of particular importance when it comes to industries and commercial
interests that may have a significant environmental impact through the discharge
of waste of by-products.
In order to achieve ISO certification, a business must be able to demonstrate
compliance with ISO standards in these areas; and not just those that are
enshrined by law in the country where the business is based.
ISO certification will demonstrate both to other businesses and an ever more
aware customer base that a company does indeed uphold certain strict standards
when it comes to operations. The ISO community is so broad that simply through
joining, a business stands to greatly increase productivity on an international
scale. It is more visible, both to other like-minded corporations and to
individual concerned consumers.
ISO certification does require a certain amount of paper work to be filled
out on a regular basis in order to remain current, but in many cases a business
will find that this helps the entire business process. A forced organization, as
it were, is still a guaranteed way to keep processes and procedures flowing. To
sum up, ISO certification means an acceptance of standardized practices that
will improve the visibility and operations of any company that deals in the
areas the ISO covers. It also acts as a seal of approval, signifying a company's
commitment to the health of the people in the country where it is located and
the environment in general.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-01-08 21:47:29 in Business Articles