There is no specified time frame for
completing the ISO 9001:2008 certification process. While the standard
does not define a minimum deployment period, most registrars will require that you have your Quality Management System (QMS) in operation
for at least 90 days prior to certification. Many organizations
take much more time to complete the implementation of their Quality Management System (QMS) for this process. The most important factor
in determining the time frame for completion is the availability
of employee resources. In a small organization where one person
fills multiple roles, and a separate quality manager role might not
exist, it is quite possible that the certification process may
take longer than it would for a much larger organization with a
separate quality management team.
There is no formula for determining the number of people required
to build an effective QMS. Manpower for the certification process
can vary greatly, depending on the size of the organization, the
workload and the knowledge of ISO requirements. ISO-compliant certification
must include people from across the organization, not just a core of "quality
management personnel." There are reviewers, approvers and many
others within the organization who must get involved in implementing
an effective QMS. The important thing to remember is that without
buy-in from everyone particularly, top management
no amount of manpower will be able to build an effective QMS.
The steps to certification will vary with each organization. Click
on an arrow to follow the path to certification.