Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Do I need an ISO Consultant?

Organizations often engage the services of an independent ISO consultant to help plan and implement their quality management system. However, it is entirely possible to learn and implement the requirements of the standard yourself using the browser based training resource provided free by

This resource will provide your organization with immediate access to a body of knowledge that could help your organization ensure the effectiveness of its quality management system; in short, it has the potential to save you thousands in unnecessary consultancy fees.

Four Reasons to Hire an ISO Consultant

1. To plan the implementation project.

The efficient implementation of the standard starts with a robust plan, taking into account all variables that you might encounter, omitting the areas that are already in place and by developing an estimate of the duration of each phase.

2. To interpret the standard.

An ISO consultant who understands the requirements of the standard will help your organization avoid wasting time undertaking things the standard does not require, or undertaking things that do not meet the requirements of the standard.

3. To benefit from previous experience.

Employing an ISO consultant to guide your organization towards efficient implementation from the start, without having to learn the ropes on your own which thereby reduces the need to ‘learn as you go’.

4. To manage the implementation programme.

An ISO consultant will liaise with your ISO 9001 implementation team and ensure that work is completed in accordance with the implementation programme.

Why not go it alone?

In order to ensure that your organization has got what it takes to build a compliant quality management system and then to achieve certification might appear to be a very daunting challenge. Seeking the help of an ISO consultant is the most common response to this challenge, yet it is an unnecessary option to take.

Once you have read through our body of knowledge you will begin to understand the requirements more thoroughly. This guidance helps you go through the entire implementation process effortlessly because the training resource divides ISO 9000 into four sections, Plan, Do, Check and Act. The page menu then sub divides each section into Principles, Base Clauses and Requirements for easy comparison.


Rather than paying an ISO Consultant high consultancy fees, it is possible to purchase quality system templates which are ready to use and which could save you thousands of pounds. We provide easy to edit and fully customizable quality system templates along with free training resources to help your organization achieve a competitive edge.

To learn more about implementation without an ISO consultant, visit ISO 9001 Checklist: