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The need to be ISO certified

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Being ISO certified is a sign of international quality and superlative standards. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) plays a major role in developing and framing international standards which give structure and provide a framework for international businesses to make things work. 

An ISO certification enables specific paradigms for a huge bevy of services, products and practices to guarantee efficiency, safety and high standards. This also helps the international trade market as it seeks to remove barriers by way of its globally consensual guidelines in business. 

ISO has published many international standards since 1947 widely encompassing industries that range from agriculture and technology, to food safety and healthcare. Businesses everywhere in the world are impacted by ISO international standards and many aspire to meet the benchmarks of being certified. Businesses do this to enhance company efficacy and boost business operations. They also want to meet the needs of their customer base, be part of a regulatory agreement and promote internal staff morale by setting clear-cut managerial goals. 

While ISO develops the standards, it is not part of the certification process, which is mostly performed by private, external certification bodies. When choosing a competent certification body, ensure that it uses the relevant required standards. You may also get in touch with the national accreditation body in your country.

 Handy Hints:

 * ISO certification boosts a company’s reputation

 * ISO sets the standards but does not certify firms

 * The certification process is done by private entities

 Source: Saadiya Ahmad, Special to Classifieds

 The writer is a freelancer