ISO Certification Pitfalls eBook

ISO Certification: 7 Costly Pitfalls to Avoid

#7 Leaving It Late

The single most common problem that companies have when choosing to proceed with ISO Certification is waiting until the last minute to get started, at which point you’ve likely lost months of potential preparation time.


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Keep in mind:

  • There will never be a “perfect” time to undergo the certification process; however, it is very important to consider the fact that preparing and applying for certification can take several months.
  • Most certification bodies want to ensure that your system is compliant for at least a few months on paper prior to awarding certification, and they are booked well in advance. In reality it can take 6-12 months for the entire process to complete.
  • Delays and other projects can interfere with ensuring a quality delivery, which in turn can result in a rushed result and poor performance, something that commonly leads to non-conformance issues and can cost you in time and additional auditor fees.

The certification process takes anywhere from 3-12 months, so it is imperative that you start as early as possible.

The Lesson

Don’t wait to start the ISO certification process, and don’t underestimate the time it takes to complete. Get started now so your company has the best chance of completing the process in time and for the least amount of expenditure.