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A typical approach to a system implementation project can be summarised as:
Undertaking a GAP Analysis
Assembling a team and agreeing strategy
Developing documented information
Developing process controls
Implementing control and compliance systems
Choosing a certification body
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Understanding quality management...
ISO 9000 is the name given to a series of standards which are designed to provide a structure for quality management systems.
ISO 9001 is the specification for quality management systems and includes the following main sections:
3. Terms and Definitions
4. Context of the organisation
9. Performance Evaluation
Certification to quality standards is often a prerequisite for tenders and supplier lists of larger organisations.
The ISO 9000 series has roots going back over 50 years. However, it wasn't until 1979 when BS 5750 was published, establishing a common recognised standard aimed at preventing problems and managing processes, that the idea of quality systems became more widely recognised by industry at large. Quality systems were used by all the nationalised industries plus automotive and aerospace.
International recognition was achieved in 1987 when the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) revised BS 5750 and published ISO 9000. Further revisions were carried out in 1994, 2000, 2008 and most recently in 2015.