Can Your ISO Certification Be Revoked?

Many companies incorrectly think that an ISO certification cannot be revoked. That’s not true. Yes, it absolutely can be revoked. Thus, companies must do whatever it takes to meet the requirements of the ISO certification, or they’ll lose it. Governing bodies will do whatever possible to prevent a company from losing their certification, but gross violations will result in certification revocation. Here’s what you need to know.

An Example of Certification Revocation
Three Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Buss Corporation plants have had their ISO certification revoked after governing bodies learned that there were defects in the vehicles. The company knew that there were defects in the vehicles, and they covered them up. In this instance, the Japan Gas Appliances Inspection Association (JIA) made the decision. This organization is an examination body in Japan.

When they received the ISO 9001, it was a certification to ensure the quality of goods and services. The certification was set to expire but was awarded in August.

How Audits Work
Audits are put in place to keep companies from losing their certifications. As long as companies meet the obligations, they are less likely to have their certifications revoked. Before the certification is revoked, they may be given a time frame to make a change in the company before a subsequent audit. There are no fines on non-compliance after the ISO 9001 certification is obtained. Additionally, there are no surprise audits. Once the certification is obtained, surveillance audits may be conducted annually.

Benefits of ISO 9001
It’s akin to an international passport for business. Everyone understands the standards in ISO 9001 certification because it’s universal. It ensures that the company always exudes a professional image. Improved quality is achieved with ISO 9001 along with a clarity of responsibility that will cut the costs related to rejection control. There is always a clarity of responsibility and authority, and a more defined system. With an improved cycles time, clients are more likely to want to do business with the company.

It helps to know the process of ISO 9001. The pre-audit should occur upon the receipt of the application. Stage I audit is implemented to ensure the statutory, regulatory, and legal aspects of the certification are met.

Stage II audit is conducted to ensure that every aspect of the business operates accordingly. Upon successful review of the reports, recommendations are made for each company. A corrective action plan is often received and confirmed by a CEO and a quality manager or a technical co-coordinator.

All audits are conducted with professional ethics and confidentiality. The certificates are valid for three years typically before the date of expiration, which is required to maintain the continuity of the certificate. Many of the certificates are valid and are subject to a successful completion of the surveillance audit before the due date.

The short answer is yes, but there are several events that must occur before this happens. If you want to learn more about the revocation process, inquire with the governing body in your area.

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