ISO 9001 is one of the most coveted and highly esteemed quality management standards for industry, with certification held by as many as 1.1 million companies or organizations around the world.

The chief reason behind the popularity of the accreditation standard is that it attests to the application of rigorous quality management systems by an organization, sending the message to potential clients that it implements best practices internally. In order to maintain the blue chip imprimatur of the standard, ISO applies…