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For a business to gain its foothold in the market, it is imperative that it assures customers of its standards and the quality of its products or services. Today, reputed business establishments and SMEs opt for quality certifications as a self-improvisation measure and client reassurance. A certification signifies that an independent yet expert authority has examined and evaluated the product or service, and it meets satisfactory results.

The primary benchmark of any business would be a certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The ISO 9000 series is a set of standards based on eight underlying principles which provide guidelines for the manufacturing and service industries. ISO 9001 is the most widely sought certification in the industry and it gives a remarkable distinction to any business.

If you wish your business to be eco-friendly, apply for a certification from the Green Business Bureau. The business model operates on waste reduction and recycling principles. It also implements energy saving techniques, less resource consumption and lesser use of chemicals. These factors improve the company’s image in society as well as reduce operational costs.

Individuals or employees can apply for the internationally renowned American Society of Quality (ASQ) certification, which offers a mark of technical excellence and professionalism in all fields. ASQ certifications are based on courses conducted by the entity and offered mainly in the fields of engineering and management.

Handy Hints
• ISO 9001 is most common business certification
• ASQ is beneficial for employees and individuals
• Green Business Bureau promotes waste reduction




Source: Zenifer Khaleel, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer