ISO 18587 Certification
Engaging a certification body to provide an impartial and independent assessment of your organisation to the requirements of ISO 18587 can have many benefits, including:
1. ISO 18587 External Audit
Having a ‘fresh pair of eyes’ can help you identify weaknesses and improvements.
2. Stakeholder Assurance
An external party, like a certification body, will validate the requirements of the standard against objective evidence providing assurance to stakeholders including your customers.
3. Use of Certification Mark
After a successful audit you will be authorised to use the certification mark from your certification body to demonstrate publicly that you have met the requirements of ISO 18587.
4. Drive Improvements
Ultimately the certification audit and ongoing surveillance audits will drive continual improvement for your organisation.
To maintain the integrity of your ISO 18587 Certification, the certification body should not provide any consultancy advice or direction.
This ensures that their external audit outcomes are based purely on objective evidence and there is no conflict of interest with advice they may have given you.
Choosing the Right Certification Body
It’s important to find the right ISO 18587 certification provider for your organisation. Here are 5 things to consider when searching the market,
1. Industry Expertise
Due to the specialist nature of ISO 18587, it’s important to find a certification body who’s auditors understand the language services industry. While they may not be able to guarantee the auditor until you book an audit date, most certification bodies will be able to tell you about their experience in language services.
As referred to above, it’s important to maintain the integrity and trust in your ISO 18587 Certificate by choosing an impartial body who is not also providing conflicting services to you.
As with the procurement of any service, researching the reputation of the certification body is important in order to comfortably promote your certification mark.
For many organisations, the lead time to certification is important and this is mainly driven by the availability of auditors. Certification bodies who do not specialise in industry standards, such as ISO 18587 may struggle to source an auditor and this can lead to delays in certification.
Although many certification bodies can audit ISO 18587 remotely, you may still want to consider their geographical location and reach in your operating territories.
It can be difficult to find a certification body with the expertise to audit specialist industry standards, such as ISO 18587. We can help you find the right ISO 18587 Certification Body, contact us to get started!