When a company claims that it is ISO certified it means that all the process standards are met and an independent Registrar has audited the Management System and certified that the entire standard are followed and company meets them.
Compliance means that company meets the ISO standards but has not be certified by Registrar.
Gone are the days where the mythical figure was its going to be in range of 50,000 and its upkeep is 25,000 per year. The time and cost will be determined considering factors such size of company, pre-assessment and GAP analysis, various locations, complexity of manufacturing facilities and number of employees.
Yes, we will be present during the external audit and as per our service model is we will also provide a complimentary free internal audit visit after certification. If you want to retain our services we will be able to plan and schedule to do periodical audits and all the non conformances will be addressed promptly.
No extra charge. All the related concerns and queries will be covered under the pre-decided fee.
There are several resources where you can find a wealth of information on ISO & Six Sigma. Some of the websites are listed below.
American Society for Quality: www.asq.org
International Organization for Standardization: www.iso.org
American National Standard Institute: www.ansi.org
Society for Quality Assurance: www.sqa.org