Since ISO certification is globally recognised as the best of certification standards available, there are also many chances for there to be duplicates, and wrong standardisation. Therefore it is essential to exercise the utmost caution while going for certification.
The most common problem
There is one major problem that affects the name of ISO certification. It is that, companies either intentionally or unintentionally declare themselves as ISO certified to gain respect in the global market. Since there is no clear way to verify at first sight if the company is really certified, this has become easier for people to either take the name up indirectly or use a clever mention to catapult themselves into the ISO certified bandwagon.
Technical terming and clever wording
There are many cases where companies declare themselves as ‘ISO certified’ or ‘ISO 9000 certified’ to give themselves the tag of having obtained the certification. But both these are wrong in terms of proper ISO certifications.
The correct original standard is the ISO 9001 certification, the standard set defined in 2008 (and expiring around September 2018), replaced by ISO 9001:2015. This is the global general standard for ISO certification. But there are also other types of ISO certification that are specific to the particular industries or streams including ISO 13485, 14001, 17025, 20000, 22000, 50001 certification. These are not equivalent to the ISO 9001 original standard, but are individual certifications pertaining to the department. This does not make the company a recipient of the global, unified standard.
Due to the large amount of confusions in the certification rules, it is always best to employ a consultancy to obtain proper documentation training for ISO Certification.