What exactly is the cost for ISO certification?
One of the most common questions we get asked is how much does ISO 9001 certification cost. This obviously is a great question and one every company that seeks ISO 9001 certification needs to ask themselves. The return on investment needs to be there to justify getting ISO certified. In most cases, this is a no-brainer as nine times out of 10, a customer is requiring ISO 9001 certification.
ISO 9001 certification cost can vary greatly by certification body. However, they are all required to follow the same fundamental requirements. These requirements are identified in the International Accreditation Forum Mandatory document #5 (IAF MD 5:2019).
When determining the base time for establishing your audit duration, certification bodies follow the requirements in the IAF MD-5 Determination of Audit Time of Quality and Environmental Management System. IAF stands for the International Accreditation Forum. MD stands for Mandatory Document. Certification bodies who are accredited by organizations such as ANAB or UKAS must follow the IAF documents. The MD-5 grid provides the base audit time required for Quality Management Systems, which is based on effective employee count and for Environmental Management Systems, which is based on effective employee count and risk level.
Ultimately, the ISO 9001 certification cost can be broken down into two costs:
- ISO Audit time
- ISO Certification body fees
- Travel Costs