ISO Standards


The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an international institution comprised of national standards bodies from more than 165 countries and has created various standards that are applicable for a range of industries. Legal entities, governmental or other bodies must comply with specific conditions to suit certification requirements of ISO, whether it is in management, production, commerce, or manufacturing. ISO is introducing and maintaining Quality-, Environmental-, Health and Safety-, Energy-, Food Safety-, Information Technology Security Management and other standards to guide national and global actors into compliance and efficiency.

German Certification Body is accredited to certify organizations of all kinds for ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management), ISO 27001 (Information Security Management) and ISO 45001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management).

ISO 9001 — Quality Management Standard

The seven principles at the core of ISO 9001

ISO 9001 standard originated in 1987. Since then, updates to the standard have been published. ISO 9001 is a global standard that outlines the requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Certification under the norm allows organizations to prove that they are in compliance and consistently work in fulfillment of certification criteria. ISO 9001 is the most widely applied standard and can be adopted by all businesses, regardless of their size or sector. All ISO 9001-certified businesses shall, within defined timeframes, upgrade to newly published editions of the standard. The norm assists organizations of all sorts and sizes in managing operations and improving process performance.   ISO 9001 is a process-oriented standard that helps to assess the organization, its duties, and practices, and intends to achieve higher product or service quality in a company. It is centered around the plan-do-check-act method. Some important topics often covered by the quality management systems are:
  • Documented information.
  • Determining process interactions.
  • Management responsibilities.
  • Resource allocation, including processes and procedures of the HR department and the work environment of the organization.
  • The lifecycle of setting up a business, from idea to implementation.
  • Focus on risk-based thinking for more efficient adoption of process approach.
  • Performance reviews, proposed mitigation actions, and other procedures used to monitor, analyze, and enhance the Quality Management System.
  Holding an ISO 9001 certificate means that an organization
  • has fulfilled all criteria of ISO 9001,
  • is subject to regular conformity assessments (audits) conducted by an independent auditor engaged with an accredited Certification Body, and
  • that audit evidence was subject to review by the Certification Body before a certification decision was made.
  ISO 9001 contains requirements that may allow the organization to establish an efficient quality management process, boost customer satisfaction, and optimize business operations at all company levels on a continuous basis. Certification may enable companies to get a strategic upper hand and improve their market entrance prospects. ISO 9001 certification may also have an impact on the organization’s operational growth, increase its efficiency, may reduce costs and litigation risks.

ISO 14001 — Environmental Management Standard

Benefits of ISO 14001 Certification

ISO 14001 is a world-renowned international standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system (EMS). This standard requires organizations to consider environmental issues such as waste disposal, air and water pollution, mitigating and adapting to climate change, chemical spills, resource allocation and optimization or other issues relevant to their operations. ISO 14001 can be adapted to all organizations regardless the profile. To ensure that the standard remains up-to-date, it is reviewed at least every five years (“Systematic Review”), and – if required – amended and updated to match evolving needs and stay relevant.

Strategic improvement of an organization’s environmental performance can be beneficial on many levels. Organizations could profit from an increased public image, winning tenders, or gain from reputation, which may lead to a faster realization of other corporate goals.

ISO 14001 certification contributes to the preservation of environmental resources. German Certification Body provides ISO 14001 certification services to businesses of all sizes and sectors worldwide. Organizations that have received ISO 14001 certification have demonstrated their dedication to continual development and decreased environmental consequences. ISO 14001 certification helps businesses to stand out as responsible suppliers as customers become more conscious of environmental concerns.

ISO 27001 — Information Security Management Standard

The requirements for ISO 27001 may include:

ISO 27001 specifies the requirements for establishing and maintaining a successful Information Security Management System (ISMS). The International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission collaborated to create ISO 27001. The standard is applicable to all businesses, irrespective of size, kind, or sector. Companies that process sensitive data or information are often certified.

ISO 27001 specifies measures mainly related to physical, technological, legislative, and administrative safety. The aim of the control mechanisms is to fulfil the criteria specified in the norm structure. Those measures are used to identify, prevent, mitigate, or eliminate IT security threats.

The standard offers organizations an essential understanding of the importance of safeguarding highly sensitive information and helps to demonstrate to stakeholders that data is stored and processed securely.

ISO 27001 is a commonly known international standard. The goal of ISO 27001 is to maintain data confidentiality, integrity, and availability. First, determining what possible issues with the data might occur through a risk analysis, and afterwards deciding what has to be put in place to stop such incidents from occurring with the help of risk mitigation shall finally accomplish the highest possible degree of IT security. As a result, ISO 27001 core is concentrated on risk-management process: discover where the hazards are, and then handle those following set methods by deploying security measures.

German Certification Body provides an objective compliance evaluation for ISMS, in accordance with ISO 27001 criteria, by analyzing the processes in regards to data security and an organizations IT infrastructure. German Certification Body reviews functional specifications and documented evidence for information security.

ISO 27001 certification demonstrates that data security is a top priority for an organization.

ISO 45001 — Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard

Benefits of ISO 45001

The ISO 45001 standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management is designed to reduce the risk of injury and diseases in the workplace. The guideline emphasizes proactive employee safety and increased management participation. The standard’s structure makes it straightforward to integrate into existing management systems. Irrespective of your sector or business size, ISO 45001 certification will considerably minimize the number of occupational injuries while also satisfying legal and administrative criteria. It is intended to be incorporated into an institution’s current organizational operations, and has the same system as other ISO management system standards. Companies can use ISO 45001 to create an Occupational Health & Management System. By creating and executing efficient policy and goals, they are able to manage the OH&S hazards and enhance their organization’s productivity.
The following are among the key system implementation benefits:
  • Minimized accidents in the worksite,
  • Enhanced productivity due to lower absences and workforce turnover,
  • More affordable healthcare costs,
  • Establishment of a control environment in which workers are invited to participate actively in their own health and safety management,
  • Reaffirmed management willingness to continuously enhance performance levels,
  • Improved public perception,
  • Boosted employee morale,
  • Capacity to comply with legal obligations.
ISO 45001 suggests a model for increasing working environment safety, reducing worksite hazards, and improving employee welfare and health, allowing a company to elevate its operational efficiency dynamically. Furthermore, it assures global adherence to existing laws. All of these steps used together will help a company develop an image of a “protected workplace”, resulting in an array of advantages ranging from lower healthcare cost to higher staff satisfaction — all while staying on track with your policy interests. Our specialists have extensive knowledge on both management systems and effective and long-term occupational health and safety protection. We will inspect and certify your business in accordance with ISO 45001.
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