What is ISO 44001?
ISO 44001:2017 is the International Standard for Collaborative Working. ISO 44001 is a roadmap for establishing and managing collaborative relationships with suppliers (upstream), customers (downstream), partners (horizontal) and inter department or function (internal) in order to generate benefits for all parties.
ISO 44001 (superseding BS 11000) is about driving organisational mind set and culture toward collaboration, rather than being a document focussed on delivering contractual obligations.
ISO 44001 involves a structured approach to sharing resources, experience and skills supported by a method for creating, delivering and exiting relationships. Certification to this standard demonstrates that your business relationships are truly collaborative.
Helps you with
- Collaborative working
- Relationship management plan (RMP)
- Managing long term contracts between organizations
- Avoiding conflict in contracts between organizations
- Provides a framework for creating, managing and ending contracts
- Supports mutual understanding between organizations
- Differentiating your oirganization during tenders
Benefits of Gaining Certification
Ability to win more business
Procurement specifications often require certification as a condition to supply, so certification opens doors.
Deliver products that consistently meet customer requirements and a service that is dependable and can be relied on.
Improved stakeholder relationships
Improve the perception of your organization with staff, customers and suppliers.
Understand how statutory and regulatory requirements impact your organization and its customers.
Proven business credentials
Independent verification against a globally recognized industry standard speaks volumes.
Reduced operating costs
Continual improvement of processes and resulting operational efficiencies mean money saved.
Improved risk management
Greater consistency and traceability of products and services means problems are easier to avoid and rectify.
Steps to Certification
Complete a Quote Request Form so that we can understand your company and requirements. You can do this by completing either the online quick quote or the online formal quote request form. We will use this information to accurately define your scope of assessment and provide you with a proposal for certification.
Once you’ve agreed your proposal, we will contact you to book your assessment with an NQA Assessor. This assessment consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit. Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that your management system has been fully operational for a minimum of three months and has been subject to a management review and full cycle of internal audits.
Following a successful two stage audit, a certification decision is made and if positive, then certification to the required standard is issued by NQA. You will receive both a hard and soft copy of the certificate. Certification is valid for three years and is maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.
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