ISO Certified vs Registered

ISO Certified vs Registered

In the realm of quality and standards, the concepts of ‘ISO Certified’ and ‘ISO Registered’ are often heard but not always clearly understood. While they share similarities, their differences can have significant implications for businesses. This detailed blog aims to demystify these terms and explain how American Global Standards (AGS) can assist businesses in understanding and achieving the appropriate status for their needs.

Understanding the Difference

ISO Certified

Being ISO-certified means an organization has undergone a rigorous external audit by a recognized certification body. This audit assesses whether the company’s processes and management systems align with the specific requirements of an ISO standard. Achieving ISO certification implies a commitment to maintaining high standards in areas such as quality management (ISO 9001), environmental management (ISO 14001), or information security (ISO/IEC 27001), among others.

Key Elements of ISO Certification:

  • Involves a comprehensive audit by an external body.
  • Ensures compliance with the specific criteria of an ISO standard.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to quality, safety, and efficiency.

ISO Registered

ISO registration, while often used interchangeably with certification, technically refers to the process of being listed in an ISO registry by the certification body after successful certification. Registration is an acknowledgment that the company has been audited and certified, and it is now recognized in a formal registry of companies that have achieved this status.

Essentials of ISO Registration:

  • Acts as a formal recognition of the successful completion of the ISO certification process.
  • Involves listing in an official registry of ISO-certified companies.
  • Serves as a mark of transparency and credibility in the public domain.

The Importance of Being ISO-Certifed

Businesses may pursue ISO certification for various reasons, such as meeting customer requirements, complying with legal regulations, or improving operational efficiency. ISO registration, while a subtler distinction, reinforces the certified status and can be leveraged in marketing and branding efforts to build stakeholder trust and confidence.

How to Get Certified?

American Global Standards offers comprehensive services to help businesses navigate the complexities of ISO certification and registration. AGS provides:

  • Expert guidance on understanding and implementing ISO standards.
  • Assistance in preparing for the certification audit.
  • Support in the documentation and procedures required for both certification and registration.

Deciding between ISO certification and registration depends on your business goals and market demands. American Global Standards is equipped to provide tailored advice and support for businesses aiming to achieve either or both statuses. Contact AGS for a consultation to determine the best course for your organization and take the first step towards international recognition of your commitment to quality and standards.