ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies, at present comprising 127 members, one in each country. The object of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating international exchange of goods and services. Additionally, ISO is committed to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity. The results of ISO technical work are published as International Standards.
What Is ISO 9001:2000?
ISO 9001:2000 is an international standard that gives requirements for an organization's Quality Management System (QMS). It is part of a family of standards published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) often referred to collectively as the "ISO 9000 Series." For this reason, you may sometimes hear your suppliers refer to being "ISO 9000 certified," or having an "ISO 9000-compliant QMS." This will normally mean that they are claiming to have a QMS meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2000, the only standard in the ISO 9000 family that can be used for the purpose of conformity assessment. However, it is important to understand that ISO is the body that develops and publishes the standard – ISO does not "certify" organizations.
The objective of ISO 9001:2000 is to provide a set of requirements that, if they are effectively implemented, will provide you with confidence that your supplier can consistently provide goods and services that meet your needs and expectations and comply with applicable regulations. The requirements cover a wide range of topics, including your supplier's top management commitment to quality, its customer focus, adequacy of its resources, employee competence, process management (for production, service delivery and relevant administrative and support processes), quality planning, product design, review of incoming orders, purchasing, monitoring and measurement of its processes and products, calibration of measuring equipment, processes to resolve customer complaints, corrective/preventive actions and a requirement to drive continual improvement of the QMS. Last, but not least, there is a requirement for your supplier to monitor customer perceptions about the quality of the goods and services it provides.
ISO 9001:2000 does not specify requirements for the goods or services you are purchasing. That is up to you to define, by making clear your own needs and expectations for the product. You might, for example, refer to product specifications, drawings, national or international product standards, supplier’s catalogues or other documents as appropriate.
What does "Conformity to ISO 9001:2000" mean?
This means that your supplier has established a systematic approach to quality management and is managing its business to ensure that your needs are clearly understood, agreed and fulfilled. A statement of conformity to ISO 9001:2000 should not, however, be considered as a substitute for a declaration or statement of product conformity.
PRP® Industries Quality & Management Standards
PRP® Anti-Corrosive coatings, and the cleaning and pre-treatment chemicals used with them, conform to QS 9000 & ISO 9001 Standards.