Implementing standards is a task that all companies have to go through in order to improve and provide the best services and products for their clients and customers. However, it is not that simple to conduct it since every standard represents a different difficulty even when most of them have the guidelines and requirements to follow and meet. But what is so difficult about them?
The requirements themselves are hard to meet since companies have to go through several changes and additions to adjust their areas and operations to how they should be and not how they conduct them right now. In simpler words, adjusting your company to a normative isn’t something you can do with your eyes closed. That being said, things are easier to handle when you have a reliable company in the area that can help you with several processes and steps, or provide specific services that will make everything simpler.
At ISO Pros, we provide standard services that include:
We do provide certifications as well, but we like to focus on the previous ones since we know how relevant is to be able to implement the standard before anything else. After all, there is no way you will get certified if you are unable to meet every requirement established in the document. Now, do you really need our services?
This is a question we are asked quite often and we totally understand why, after all, no one wants to spend money and time in people or something overall that isn’t sure it will work or be totally necessary. Our company is a validated and experienced one that has been providing these services for over 15 years, and during all this time, we have helped hundreds of companies to implement their standards.
We are sure you will need us if you want to implement one without major issues and without having to spend more resources than necessary. Another situation is if you prefer to do it on your own while having someone who can help you to make the right decisions and go in the right direction.
Since standards all have their tricks, some companies prefer to have professionals doing it instead of spending time themselves in dealing with the task at hand. However, training yourself in them isn’t a bad option since you must know what they are all about and why you are implementing them in the first place. In our case, we always recommend going for the option that suits you the most in budget and how comfortable it is.
But if you want us to provide support, handle the entire process for you, or train your team to implement the standards, any of them is viable for us. Just make sure to contact us and have a look at the list of standards we can help you with.
Most needed standards among companies
You must know that ISOs come for different industries and management systems in a company. Therefore, you will not have to implement the same ones all the time but there certainly are some that apply for companies from all industries. Our clients and customers are always requesting them since most of those ISOs are mandatory and bring several benefits to their companies.
It is the main standard for quality and it is always implemented for companies that provide products and services. After all, you can improve your parts and components and make sure they satisfy your clients’ needs and requirements. But not many companies know they can also do the same with their services.
The issue with this ISO is that it takes a lot of time to implement due to all the requirements and guidelines that come with it. The standard is quite long since the quality management system is one of the most complicated ones to deal with in any company. And not all people know how to handle it correctly even after all the effort they put. When you implement this standard, you have to be quite detailed in everything you do in order to obtain the desired results when implementing it.
This standard isn’t mandatory, but more companies are growing interested in going for it due to its main and only objective: protect the environment. This is one of those ISOs that don’t bring a direct benefit to the company, but they do focus on a major goal which in this case is to protect our planet. The best part about this standard is that you can implement it without struggling too much and you do obtain a benefit as a company: you have a better influx of clients.
More people are hiring companies that care about the planet and decide to implement these standards. Therefore, don’t ever doubt that this one can be quite useful for you although it doesn’t aim for a management system in your company. At ISO Pros, we can help you with every requirement to adjust your operations to them and make sure you are able to operate without compromising the environment in the process. Just make sure to contact us and request this ISO.
From ISO 9001, several standards come out but aim for specific industries and companies. After all, not all quality management systems are the same, and even when you implement a general standard for them, you have to make sure the specific requirements and needs of the industry are attended. Now, when you think about medical devices, how do you plan to improve their quality and provide the best ones?
This is something we can help you with since this ISO 13485 is only for this area and products. The standard sets out all the parameters and requirements to meet in order to produce high-quality devices all the time. This will allow your company to stay competitive and make sure you don’t fall behind with the rest of the devices in the market. And more importantly, no one accessing them will be disappointed with your products.
Another quality standard but this one aims for the aerospace industry only. In North Carolina, we have noticed there are many aerospace companies and all of them need to implement the right standards if they don’t want to be just another one from the many options. Especially when they are dedicated to producing parts and components for other companies or specific clients.
Of course, AS9100 is a standard that is also valid for services in the same area. Since the parameters and guidelines are focused on both options—products and services—, it is possible to obtain improvements at the same time or depending on the focus of your company. If you want to implement this right, following the guidelines established in the document might not be enough due to all the extra difficulties that come with the process.
You never know if you will have to adjust your company better to the requirements and will have to follow other guidelines to enjoy every benefit. There is a lot to consider and therefore, to do, which is why we suggest you rely on our experts if you have your doubts or have been struggling with it.
This one is very similar to previous standards, but the difference between it and the rest is that it doesn’t focus on the quality management system. Instead, IATF is an ISO that aims for the production cycle of automotive companies that want to reduce or eliminate waste and prevent failures in the fabrication. There are many issues when it comes to producing automotive parts and components.
And since clients always expect the best from them and also, at the best price, you have a lot of pressure if your company is part of this industry. With IATF 16949, you can reduce the costs and continue improving and providing high-quality parts for your customers. There shouldn’t be problems in your production as long as you stick to this standard.
CMMC and CMMI
Usually, standards don’t really share too many similitudes in their implementation and guidelines. However, when they share the same system or process, the differences aren’t many and it makes you wonder if they are actually the same or not. This is the case with these two standards.
CMMC stands for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, and it focuses on defense contractors only since they have to meet specific standards to continue operating. Therefore, you only need to implement it if you qualify as one or work around the Department of Defense in the company. That being said, the unique part about this one is that it has a maturity level system that consists of going through different phases.
In this way, you progressively improve your cybersecurity hygiene, and you are able to adjust yourself to the specific needs of the clients or yours only. In the case of Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), it aims for something completely different but the level system is the same. This one focuses on the improvement of all the areas of your company simultaneously.
Which is something considered to be almost impossible for most companies and entrepreneurs. After all, it is hard to focus your attention on different departments and sections when all of them require your time and effort. However, when you know how to focus your efforts and how to do it, you should be able to handle everything perfectly. And since CMMI provides all the guidelines and parameters, it is more than possible as long as you implement everything correctly.
Our company is specialized in this field and has been operating for over a decade. We know everything about the previous standards and even though they have gone through modifications, we always make sure to keep our experts updated with them. In the case of CMMC, it is one of the most recent standards since it was released in January 2020, and not many companies are able to implement it because of this.
But we are always ahead for our own sake—and yours—, and started to study and train our experts in it before it became a mandatory ISO in June. Knowing all this, you can rest assured with us and make sure to contact us if you need our assistance in implementing any standard. We will be here for you and our experts can train you if this is what you need or want.
That being said, you can contact us anywhere in North Carolina, not only Raleigh. Just take the first step that consists in calling, emailing us, or filling the contact form on our website. You can also find more information about other ISOs in another section of our web.