An international certification standard outlines the requirements and specifications a product, process or service must meet to ensure its quality is consistent from country to country. For example, a drill bit manufactured according to an international certification standard would be the same size and quality, whether it was made in Canada or any other country in the world.
Some of the world’s best known standards are set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It has issued thousands of standards, establishing internationally recognized guidelines for everything from the way movie camera film is handled to how languages are translated.
Among the most popular ISO standards are the following:
- ISO 9001 for quality management
- ISO 14001 for environmental management
- ISO 22000 for food processing safety
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Other well know international certification standards include:
- OHSAS 18001—A system that can be used by organizations of all sizes to identify safety hazards and control work-related risks.
- The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)—A system that helps guarantee the safety of food and beverage products by controlling raw materials, processes, plant environment and employees.