5 simple steps to ISO Certification

ISO 9001 Certification

ISO certification can be very beneficial for a business to grow opportunities and expand into new markets. ISO Certification ensures a Quality Management System is implemented and maintained to a high standard. 

In today’s market, competition is fiercer than ever and customers have come to expect that suppliers have strong Quality Management Systems in place. Having an Internationally recognised Quality Management System such as ISO allows a business to enhance organisational performance, increase customer satisfaction and gain a competitive edge.  


The ISO Certification process can be a long, labour intensive and sometimes confusing process. QMS Audits specialises in helping other business meet the ISO requirements with a realistic Quality Management System that has been too audit many times before. We reduce the bloat so the system is easy to implement and maintain.

See how QMS Audits can help you though the ISO certification process

ISO Certification in 5 steps 

  1. Training and knowledge preparation

For ISO Certification to be implemented successfully, all management and employees must be made aware of the benefits of being certified. A staff member, usually a senior and experienced employee, must be appointed to manage the implementation of the Quality Management System. This staff member is encouraged to complete ISO 9001 – Internal Auditor Training so they can conduct internal audits on the business. 

  1. Documentation

A quality manual is usually created to combine all the Quality Management System information so it can easily be presented to an external auditor during an audit. Standard forms and a document register must also be created to control all of the company’s documents.  

  1. Implementation

The next step is to implement the Quality Management System into the business operations. Employees will need to incorporate new processes and quality checks into their work and must be made aware of the new procedures and processes. It is important the new quality management system is as practical and suitable to your business to improve efficiency.

  1. Internal & Gap Audit

As per the ISO Certification standard the company should have an internal member of staff trained to perform internal audits. By performing internal audits on the business areas of non-compliance, issues can be highlighted and addressed before an external audit. Alternatively, if you choose a third-party internal auditor, such as QMS Audits, we can conduct a gap audit to highlight any areas that may not be compliant with the ISO 9001, 45001 or 14001 standards.

  1. ISO Certification

Select your ISO certification body. You will be notified of the audit date and how the audit will be undertaken. This often depends on the scope and size of your company. Certification should be granted if the auditor can verify that your company has created a Quality Management System, compliant with ISO 9001:2015, that follows its own documented procedures and processes.

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Food Safety Culture Training

Food Safety Culture is a key requirement of any food business. It is also a key component of all the GFSI standards, including BRC, SQF, FSSC22000 and Freshcare.

In our Food Safety Culture training, we will walk through the practical meaning of a good food safety culture and how to comply with GFSI standards, Woolworth’s Supplier Excellence and importantly CFMSR. The following elements will be covered in our Food Safety culture training:

  • What is food safety culture
  • 5 GFSI dimensions of food safety culture
  • How to write a food safety culture improvement plan
  • How to measure food safety culture
  • Practical implementation to improve food safety culture at all corporate levels including factory and senior management level.

You will receive a series of templates to assist you in writing up a food safety culture plan. Our templates are tried and tested, for both simplicity and effectiveness.


Food fraud and food defence are major threats to Australia’s food chain. For manufacturers who import ingredients, failure to identify food fraud or potential attacks on your business can have a large impact on your reputation.

SQF, BRC and each of the major supermarkets have significant requirements to ensure the risks of food fraud and food defence have been identified and controlled. We have been working with clients since Version 2 of Coles CFMSR was released to build effective plans that pass CFMSR audits. 

This Food Defence and Food Fraud training (TACCP/VACCP) explains the threats and vulnerabilities to our food chain. We explain how to conduct food defence and food fraud risk assessments and how to write up a food fraud vulnerability assessment & mitigation plan and a food defence plan using our templates.

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