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1. How do we achieve ISO9001 certification?
To get registered for ISO 9001 your business must have a documented and implemented Quality Management System. A third-party assessment body must then audit these procedures. If the certificate is to be of any value, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) must accredit the chosen assessment body.
2. How much does it cost to get registered?
The cost of achieving registration has halved over the last 4/5 years. In many areas, Government grants are now available to cover up to 50% of the cost. Hatton Parkinson Associates also operates a payment plan designed to take the pain out of the process by spreading the cost over an extended period. Following a short meeting we will provide a fixed price quotation for all work involved.
3. What is UKAS accredited certification and why do you recommend it?...
To ensure that companies registered for ISO 9001 have been assessed to a consistent standard, the Government has set up a regulatory body called the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Only assessment bodies accredited by UKAS can include the "tick and crown" symbol in their logo. You may be offered unaccredited certification - or even certification accredited by bodies other than UKAS. These services are often provided at a very attractive price and in a very short timescale. However, it is unlikely that these certificates will be acceptable to your customers.
4. Will I be able to get grant funding?...
Grant funding is available in some areas and for some types of company. The situation constantly changes so please contact us for the latest information.