ISO 9001 – To Template or Not to Template?

Should you use a template to get ISO 9001 certification?

It’s a tricky question, especially if you’ve received advice from a well-meaning consultant or auditor who thinks ISO 9001 can be reduced to a simple template.

But in reality, compliance to ISO 9001 is meant to be uniquely tailored to your business.

Using a template suggests your business is just like every other business out there. But it isn’t, is it?

You have your own way of purchasing, controlling records, approving, using and storing documents, choosing suppliers, staff and materials and so on.

So a template doesn’t really make sense.

And it’s not the intent of the ISO 9001 standard to standardise business to the point where everyone does business the exact same way.

To the contrary, the point is to standardise what you do well, your success recipe if you like. And to make sure your people comply with your special way of doing things.

If you can achieve that with a template then good for you.

But if you want an ISO 9001 quality system that fits your business, grows with you as you grow and is easy to audit … a template is the least efficient (and costliest in the long run) way to achieve ISO 9001 certification.

But don’t take my word for it. Read what our happy clients say and decide for your self if an ISO 9001 template is the way to go.