ISOQAR was founded in 1991 as one of the first independent certification bodies in the UK. It now enjoys one of the broadest scopes of accreditation in its industry. In October 2010 ISOQAR was acquired by the Alcumus Group, a multi-disciplinary provider of risk management, compliance and certification services. Today ISOQAR has its own regional auditors throughout the UK and a network of operations across the globe.
ISOQAR's roots lie in providing a service which is affordable for small to medium-sized businesses. However, the company's pricing structure and its philosophy of being approachable have resulted in organisations of all sizes choosing to work with ISOQAR.
The ISOQAR Approach
Understanding what it is like to be on the receiving end of the audit process, ISOQAR has developed a unique package of benefits for companies seeking registration.
1. Low Costs
ISOQAR's audit fees are amongst the lowest in the industry. Expenses are not normally charged for attending companies' premises and a certificate is provided free to organisations achieving the standard. To comply with accreditation body guidelines, ISOQAR now carries out audits for recertification every three years. Costs for this will be kept to a minimum and discussed with you in advance. Link to FREE Quotation Request
2. Friendly and down-to-earth
There is no need for audits to be traumatic. ISOQAR's assessors are selected for their ability to work with the quality representative from the company and to be approachable. They establish that the appropriate management system works for the benefit of the company and check it as though they were customers of the firm. Emphasis is firmly placed on practicality.
3. A rapid response
Whether it be a query about system certification, or an urgent need to achieve registration itself, ISOQAR specialises in providing answers or audits at speed. A friendly, helpful administration and management team with expert knowledge are always available at the end of a phone.
4. The use of Industry Experts
When selecting staff for a particular audit, ISOQAR will always choose an auditor with experience of the industry being audited. This ensures that the audit process takes place in an air of mutual understanding. There is no conflict arising from a lack of knowledge of the challenges faced in running that particular business. The auditor and the company being audited both speak the same language. Link to List of Areas of Expertise (Scope)
5. Quality Documents reviewed on site
With the exception of smaller firms, ISOQAR has a policy of visiting companies applying for certification. This enables its documentation (manuals and procedures) to be reviewed and provides an opportunity for the company and the ISOQAR auditor to discuss any areas of concern before the audit itself. Even more importantly, it provides an opportunity to start building a rapport with the auditor.