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Meaning of ISO

In 1946 over 25 countries met at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London to create a new international organisation, where the objective was to ‘facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards’ From this the new organisation ISO began operations in February 1947. The word ISO is derived from the Greek ISOS meaning ‘equal’.

Standard ISO

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As the International Organization for Standardization would translate differently across different languages it was decided that the short form name for the organisation would be ISO.

Today it has grown to a confederation of delegates representing over 150 countries and has published over 16,500 international standards. They meet on a regular basis to further develop new and existing management standards.


Each standard supports its own benefits within every industry, however the common benefits across the certifications include: widened market potential, compliance to procurement tenders, improved efficiency and cost savings, higher level of customer service, and therefore satisfaction, and heightened staff moral and motivation.
By having a recognized management standard it tells your customers that you are serious about their needs.


There are three main reasons why companies adopt an ISO management system:
To increase success on public and private tenders
To improve internal efficiency and reduce costs
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Document Control

Issuing a document with a reference and version number to ensure that the right document, is in the right place, at the right time.

Record Control

A record is a completed document (see above). Record control is an efficient method of finding individual records. It can also refer to how you file, remove, archive and destroy individual records.

Internal Review

An in-depth review of your management system, to ensure you are on track for your end of year validation audit. This also ensures the company satisfies internal audit requirements laid out in the standard.


A non-conformance is when something happens with business without any plan. This could be: Internal E.g Out of date process / procedure, human error etc. External E.g Customer complaints, supplier issues etc.

Corrective Action

A plan created by management to rectify a non-conformance (see above), and to prevent it from recurring

Preventive Action

An action to clarify and address potential risks to the business, with a view to reduce future non-compliance. VComply is a  SaaS tool which helps an organization fulfill its GRC obligations.

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