Starting out with ISO 9001? You Need This Book!
One of the first things we ask clients when they decide they want to establish and implement an ISO 9001 quality management system is …
Do you have a copy of the standard?
When the answer to this is “no”, of course, our reply is “You need to get a copy!” And you can buy a garden variety copy of the standard from a variety of places online, for varying prices. But for our small business clients – or for anyone who wants to understand ISO 9001 better – we always tell them: don’t just buy any copy of ISO 9001 – we have a recommendation for a better option.
We love ISO 9001:2015 for Small Enterprises – What To Do? because it not only contains the requirements of ISO 9001 itself, it also includes guidance on how to apply the requirements of the standard to small business. It’s got terrific examples, case studies, and general advice on how the requirements can be implemented – all of which can be very handy for organisations just starting out on their ISO 9001 project. ISO 9001:2015 for Small Enterprises – What To Do? was written by technical experts from ISO Technical Committee 176 (the committee responsible for international standards on quality management and quality management systems), so you know it means business, but it uses plain language – layman’s terms – and treads a great line between practicality and technicality. We think it’s a winner.
And the kicker? ISO 9001:2015 for Small Enterprises – What To Do? is a fraction of the cost of the standard alone. At current exchange rates, it’s for sale on the ISO Store for 38 Swiss francs (about $50 Australian) compared to the standard alone at 100 francs more (about $190 Australian).
So if you’d like to understand ISO 9001 and how you can apply it to small business better, or if you just want to save yourself some money upfront on buying the standard, we’d recommend you give ISO 9001:2015 for Small Enterprises – What To Do? a go.