Do It Yourself ISO Kits – The Hidden Cost and Risks
A common belief is that developing an ISO 9001 quality system is way too expensive for small businesses. This is why some small businesses resolve to use off-the-shelf software and do-it-yourself kits. With the increasing demand for ISO 9001 registration, we see the Internet populated with more and more websites offering instant ISO solutions in the form of DIY kits. The ISO 9001 system is a complete management system that affects almost every aspect of the complex and time consuming job, especially if you do not have previous experience with the standard. When considering using a DIY kit to develop your ISO 9001 system, you should ask yourself if you could afford working on developing the ISO system instead of working on your business.
While some kits claim to “save you time”, the reality is that you will be spending weeks developing the system and running the risk of failing the audit because of an inadequate system.
While a well developed system that fits your requirements can improve business efficiency, an ISO 9001 system not designed to meet your needs can paralyse your business. A system which does not fit your business needs will be harder to implement, may not pass the accreditation audit and, in most cases, lead to losing the certificate down the track.
With ISO Global services, there are other options available. In fact, if you are a small business, the cost of the DIY kit can sometimes be the same as the cost of a good consultant developing it for you. A trained ISO Global consultant can achieve a great deal in a short time, it’s a bit like getting your car serviced, sure you can do it yourself, but it takes longer, you get your hands dirty and you don’t have the diagnostic tools to do the job properly.
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