Costs can vary greatly depending on how much input you can provide to develop the quality system documentation.
Costs may include:
External Audit Fees are based on a three year compliance cycle. ie. the cost to maintain certification for a three year period.
This fee includes:
You will need to be re-certified after three years and new audit fees paid. The price charged by most certification companies is based on the number of employees in your company. There is a sliding fee scale set by each national certifying body. Certification fees can range upwards from a low of around $5000 for first year in the three year compliance cycle.
Small businesses can generally manage to achieve accreditation in about 10 to 16 weeks. Larger organisations may need up to 9 months, or more. The time taken to achieve certification can vary from organisation to organisation and depends on:
If you do not have sufficient internal resources to develop your own quality system documentation then you may need to hire an external consultant / mentor to assist. This will certainly add cost but may well be the only way to drive change internally and get the job done.
Remember, well qualified / experienced consultants understand the ISO 9001 standard thoroughly and are capable of pointing out the “must-do” requirements – in many cases they can save you writing non-essential documentation.
Consultants may choose to work on an hourly rate or a single project fee.
Consultants should provide a warranty in regard to nonconformances detected at the Certification Audit confirming that they will offer their services free of charge to rectify problems attributable to deficiencies in documentation that they generated.