to ISO management system standards
Organizations and companies often want to get certified to ISO’s management system standards (for example ISO 9001 or ISO 14001) although certification is not a requirement. The best reason for wanting to implement these standards is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of company operations.
A company may decide to seek certification for many reasons, as certification may:be a contractual or regulatory requirement
- be necessary to meet customer preferences
- fall within the context of a risk management programme, and
- help motivate staff by setting a clear goal for the development of its management system.
ISO does not perform certification
ISO develops International Standards, including management system standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 31000. However, it is not involved in the certification to any of the standards it develops. Certification is performed by external certification bodies, which are largely private. Therefore a company or organization cannot be certified by ISO.