FONAR and ISO 9001 Certification:
What it Means to You
The FONAR Experience
FONAR earned ISO 9001 certification in April 1999 for the Design, Manufacture, Administration of Installation, and Servicing
of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scanner Systems. Fonar is currently certified to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003. Fonar is
(Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc.), the world's largest industrial testing and certification company, as our accredited registrar.
learned as we were striving towards ISO certification that it is all about an attitude and commitment towards a complete
quality system. By thinking in terms of an organizational system as we each do our jobs, we behave in ways
that support others in the
system. Everyone at FONAR is part of the ISO certification experience -- marketing, sales, research and development, customer
service, shipping, receiving. It is not just a manufacturing system, but a company-wide way of doing business that puts the
customer and his or her needs at the center of all we do. ISO certification is not a one-time event - it is just the first
step in on-going
continuous quality improvement.
What is ISO?
ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from over 90
countries. The purpose of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related world activities to facilitate
the international exchange of goods and services, and to develop cooperation in intellectual, scientific and economic activity.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) represents the United States in the International Organization
for Standardization. It is a private, non-profit membership organization composed of private and public sector
organizations, and in fact was a founding
member of ISO. ANSI does not develop American National Standards but facilitates their development by establishing consensus
among qualified groups. ANSI also has a role in governing the ISO.
Intertek, the world's largest testing, inspecting and certifying
company, is accredited by ANAB. The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) provides accreditation
services under the ACLASS and ANAB brands. Under the ANAB brand, the organization is the
U.S. accreditation body for management systems and accredits registrars for ISO 9001 quality management systems (QMS).
What are Standards?
The ISO family of standards represents an international consensus on good manufacturing practices that ensures that the organization
can deliver, time and time again, the products or services that meet the client's quality requirements.
When an organization
has a management system certified to an ISO 9000 standard, it means that an independent auditor has checked that the processes
influencing quality conform to the standards requirements. The objective is to give an organization's management
and its customer's confidence that the organization is in control of the way it does things.
International Standards were
created to facilitate trade, exchange and technology transfer through enhanced reliability and effectiveness
of the goods and services we use.
While no organization must be ISO 9000 certified, it has become the standard
for conducting business in the international arena. In fact, ISO 9000 is the only quality system accepted
internationally. Many companies
in the European Community have
ISO certified and in many sectors, European companies require suppliers to be ISO 9000 certified in order to prove that
they have a quality system in place as a condition of purchase.
ISO 9000 certification is widespread in
the United States as well. The big three auto manufacturers have implemented quality management systems
that conform to ISO 9000 standards. Some U.S. government agencies,
including NASA, are implementing or
considering implementing ISO 9000, or are using the standards as guidelines within the agency. FDA's Quality System
Regulation Part 820
is harmonized with ISO 13485 which is based upon ISO 9001.
ISO 9000 series is a set of three individual, but related,
international standards on quality management and quality assurance. They are generic and not specific to
any particular product or service.
ISO 9000 Quality Management and Quality Assurance Standards - Guidelines for Selection and Use
covers design, manufacturing, installation and service (EN 46001 / ISO 13485 are specific for Medical Devices)
ISO 9004 provides guidelines for internal use by a producer developing its own quality system to meet business
What ISO is Not
It is important to point out that ISO 9000 certification does not indicate product quality for any product or group of products.
Rather ISO 9000 certifies that a company has a Quality Management System in place and more importantly, that it adheres to this
system in conducting its business. The standards in ISO are general enough that any manufacturing organization can apply them.
Why Become ISO Certified?
ISO certification guides companies in building quality into its products
and services and helps to avoid costly after-the-fact inspections, warranties and rework. As a customer of
FONAR, you can be confident that you will benefit from:
- services designed to meet your needs and ensure your
- products manufactured with quality planned and documented into every step in the process;
- a team of trained
employees performing consistently and with the goal of improving all operations; and
- our commitment to
you to do what we say we will do.
ISO certification also helps companies differentiate suppliers, particularly in areas where product reliability
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