The ISO 9000 Series of Standards
The ISO 9000 standards are a series of internationally accepted standards which specify a quality management system. They judge how well a business is run in delivering a consistent quality product. They deal with all aspects of a business and how controls are managed and improved. They describe a basic set of elements by which an organization can develop and implement a quality management system. Registration to the series of standards is accomplished through a third party audit, by a notified body, which must be approved by an international certification organization. Some examples of notified bodies are British Standards Institute (BSI), Lloyds, and Technischer Oberwachungs Verein (TDV). Registration to these standards ensures an organization, and those that do business with them, of an operating quality management system.