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Dropping ISO 9000 certification

Dropping ISO 9000 certification

Dropping ISO 9000 certification

I have heard that a significant number of organizations hve been dropping ISO 9000 certification.  Does anyone have a feel for the negative cost value ramifications either way?

RE: Dropping ISO 9000 certification

Are you sure they are dropping ISO 9000, or are they "dropping" ISO 9000:1994 (old version) for ISO 9000:2000 (new version)?

From what I know, the ISO 9000:1994 requirements expire Dec 15th, 2003.  After that, a company has to be certified ISO 9000:2000.

As for the "negative cost value", I think any company that wants to do business in EU will have a hard time getting their foot in the door without ISO certification.

Ray Reynolds
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RE: Dropping ISO 9000 certification

The negative cost ramification for certification is due to the fact that many companies simply don't use best practices and are quite slipshod in their procedures.

If they were at all concerned about product quality and customer satisfaction, there would be negligible cost impact to certification, due to the fact that one would already be doing what one needs to get certified.


RE: Dropping ISO 9000 certification

To my understanding there are many of the smaller companies dropping ISO9000 altogether. A number of small companies I have dealt with (less than 10 employees) were 'sold' the necessity for accreditation lest they would not be able to maintain government supply contracts. These companies went to (relatively for a small business) considerable expense to get accreditation while their non-accredited competitor still continued to supply gov contracts regardless. Hence the cost of obtaining and maintaining accreditation brought in much unrecovered cost.

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