ISO is an organization of countries from around the world that create "standards" for the world to follow. These standards may be in the form of specifications for components or materials, such as nuts and bolts. They would have standards such as: threads per inch, thread depth, diameter, etc. The nut and bolt must have the same standard for them to fit together. ISO also creates "Management System Standards", such as for product Quality Management (ISO 9001), or for Environmental Management (ISO 14001), and many others.
The ISO member countries send Subject Matter Experts to be on committees that create these standards. These management system standards are considered to be Best Management Practices from a global perspective. These Standards are in the form of "requirements" that must be met by any company or organization that implements and follows these standards. When a company or organization implements the standard, they can have their system audited and certified by an Certifying Body (sometimes called a registrar). This certification is intended to provide assurance that the company has indeed implemented the standard of best management practices.
Official definitions, according to ISO/IEC Guide 2 (General Terms and Their Definitions Concerning Standardization and Certification) are as follows:
Accredited organizations known as "registrars" will be engaged by a company as third-parties to provide the certification that the company has implemented an ISO standard. "Registration" is generally used in the United States for the procedure defined as "certification" above, while "certification" is the preferred term in Europe and other parts of the world.
In the USA, it is ANAB.........which stands for ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board. They are located in Milwaukee, WI.
Per their website, "ANAB assesses and accredits certification bodies that demonstrate competence to audit and certify organizations conforming to management system standards."
You can search their directory for certification bodies (registrars) by standard, country, state, and name.
Visit their site at ANAB.org
UPDATE on ISO 45001 (replaces OHSAS 18001:2007)
The Final Draft of ISO 45001 was issued in November 2017. The member voting on the Final Draft is complete and the ISO 45001 is expected to be issued in March 2018......any day now !!!
It is likely that OHSAS 18001 will be withdrawn and organizations currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will have a three year period to migrate to ISO 45001.
Training for the ISO FDIS 45001 is available now !!!
The British Standards Institute (BSI) offers many public training opportunities, both online and instructor led.
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