Professional Engineering Expert Witnesses & ISO 9000 Part 7

Professional engineering expert witnesses may opine on ISO 9000. Here is a summary of ISO9000 from the ISO9000 Council.

What is ISO 9001 Certification?

ISO 9001 certification is also known as ISO 9001 registration, ISO 9000 certification (if one is less precise), ISO 9000 registration, ISO 9001:2008 certification (if one specifically refers to the latest version of the ISO 9001 standard), or ISO 9001:2008 registration. All of these refer to an independent certification body attesting that your company’s ISO 9001 quality management system meets all requirements of the ISO 9001 2008 standard. Typically, the certification company sends one or more auditors to perform an initial audit of the quality management system. If no significant gaps to the ISO 9001 requirements are discovered, a certificate is issued. The certificate is typically valid for three years provided that period audits (usually every 6 – 12 months) continue to show compliance.

► Tip: Evaluate your registrar carefully with the goal of finding a registrar whose auditors are flexible (because there are countless ways of fulfilling the ISO 9001 requirements and some may fit better for an individual business) and whose auditors don’t mind sharing their experiences (auditors are not allowed to consult but they are allowed to share what they have seen to work for other companies).