ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems

As the benchmark management system standard for over 30 years, ISO 9001 applies to all industries, regardless of size.

ISO 9001 aligns an organization’s performance and strategic direction through a holistic, process-based approach to global best practice.

Today’s environment is filled with intense scrutiny but being competitive means never standing still.

SAI Global certification helps you see a way forward so you can advance confidently.

Meet Compliance Requirements

Build confidence and trust with stakeholders by ensuring your organization complies with regulatory requirements, including products and services requirements, and process requirements. SAI Global helps with meeting full compliance and audit requirements.

Keep Customers Front of Mind

Improve customer experience by consistently providing products that deliver to expectations. Show the market proof of your commitment to quality and ability to achieve a global standard, so they can purchase with confidence.

Drive Business Performance

Your competitive advantage comes from delivering your point of difference consistently and to a quality level that cannot be easily replicated. ISO 9001 enables your business to establish a quality framework to ensure best practices are in place, giving your team the opportunity to continually improve.

Deliver High-Quality Experiences

ISO 9001 specifies global best practice in quality management systems, using a process-driven approach. It shows organizations how to improve and maintain leadership, governance, communications and employee engagement to deliver unique, high quality customer and brand experiences.

What Is It?

All organizations can benefit from a systematic approach to quality management.

Adopting a QMS compliant with ISO 9001 will help improve your reputation, products, services and processes, including defect prevention and reduced supply chain variation and waste.Certification to ISO 9001 demonstrates your commitment to quality outcomes across all aspects of your organization.ISO 9001 defines a quality management system, drawing on the Plan-Do-Act-Check model (PDCA) and risk-based thinking to create a framework for organizational improvement.

Scope ISO 9001 describes requirements for a QMS including process requirements, and products and services requirements.

Context of the Organization

The organization must understand the external and internal factors that may affect its ability to achieve the desired results.


The organization’s leaders must commit to the success of the management system, providing sufficient resources, ensuring the quality policy and objectives are in place, and clearly communicating roles, responsibilities and authorities clear.


Planning must address actions to address risks and opportunities; quality objectives and how to achieve them; and change management.


The organization must ensure sufficient resources are allocated to the quality management system, and carefully monitor their use and effectiveness. 


The organization should plan, implement and control processes to meet requirements for providing its products and services.

Performance Evaluation

The organization must be able to demonstrate and verify process capability as specified by the customer’s approval process requirements.


ISO 9001 requires a commitment to continuous improvement, including managing nonconformities, solving problems, error-proofing, and taking corrective action when required.

Next Steps

We can help your organization to implement or optimize ISO 9001.

  • Contact SAI Global to discuss requirements, timeframes and costs
  • Perform an optional pre-assessment
  • Perform a gap analysis
    • Undertake a Stage 1 audit
    • Complete a detailed Stage 2 audit
    • Upon successful certification, display the ‘Five Ticks’ StandardsMark™
    • Conduct annual Surveillance Audits
    • Recertify to ISO 9001 every three years
    • Establish a continual improvement culture
    • Market for brand and promotional benefits
    • Optimize commercial teams
    • Ensure shareholder and stakeholder awareness

    The Real Life Applications of Risk-Based Thinking

    All organizations face risks and opportunities. Risk-based thinking can help you understand which risks to avoid, and which to embrace.
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