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Commitment to Quality: Implementing ISO 9001 at OSFplastic

In the current business, having a Quality Management System based on ISO 9001 is not only a sign of excellence, but also a key competitive advantage.

ISO 9001 helps organizations ensure that they meet the needs of their customers and other stakeholders, while complying with legal and regulatory requirements related to their products or services.

What is ISO 9001?

ISO 9001 is an international standard created by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), applicable to organizations' Quality Management Systems.

The standard is based on a number of quality management principles, including a customer-oriented approach, top management leadership, staff involvement, a process-based approach, continual improvement, evidence-based decision making and mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers.

ISO 9001 has many similarities with the famous "PDCA", an acronym for Plan, Do, Check, Act, a cyclical continuous improvement methodology designed to help organizations understand their problems, improve their processes and achieve their objectives.

The standard is structured in four large blocks, completely logical, and this means that the ISO-based quality management system model can be developed in any activity, regardless of whether the product or service is provided by a public or private organization, whatever its size.

How is ISO 9001 implemented in an organization?

The implementation of ISO 9001 involves several important steps:

  • Understanding the standard: the organization must understand the requirements of ISO 9001 and how they apply to its business processes and activities.
  • The organization's top management must be committed to the implementation process; this is a key step.
  • Conduct a thorough analysis of the company's current processes to identify areas for improvement.
  • Establish clear and measurable objectives and develop a quality management system that meets the requirements of the standard.
  • Train staff on the new procedures and to sensitize and engage the team.
  • Conduct internal audits to ensure compliance with the standards.
  • Conduct an external audit by an independent and accredited certification body in order to obtain certification.
  • Conduct annual follow-up audits and renewal audits every 3 years to maintain the validity of the certificate.

The implementation of ISO 9001 in an organization varies in complexity according to the size of the company, the difficulty of its activities and its previous level of preparation.

Although it is a process that requires considerable effort for companies, the long-term benefits are very high.

ISO 9001 Standard: Advantages

Obtaining ISO 9001 certification can provide numerous advantages to an organization. Some of the main advantages include:

1. Improved credibility and image of the organization: Certification demonstrates the organization's commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, which can enhance its reputation and credibility.

2. Access to new markets: In many cases, ISO 9001 certification is a requirement for doing business with certain customers or in certain markets, which can open up new business opportunities.

3. Improved operational efficiency: Implementing a quality management system according to ISO 9001 requirements can help improve internal processes and reduce costs.

4. Increased customer satisfaction: By focusing on continuous improvement and meeting customer needs, certified organizations tend to achieve higher levels of customer satisfaction.

5. Data-driven decision making: ISO 9001 encourages the use of data and evidence to make decisions, which can lead to more informed and effective decision making.

25 Years of certified excellence in several industries sectors

OSF has been ISO 9001 certified since our inception more than 25 years ago.

Over time, as we have expanded into other businesses and industries, we have supplemented this certification with other specific quality standards, such as IATF 16949 for the automotive sector and ISO 13485 for the manufacture of medical device components.