ISO Consultancy Services

We have a network of approved consultants across the UK who can work with you to help develop effective management systems and ensure your organisation can meet the requirements of the ISO standards in a manner that doesn't add unnecessary extra work or overheads. Contact us for the details of your local ISO consultant or to have a chat about your requirements.

Experienced Consultants - All our consultants have extensive experience of implementing ISO compliant management systems as well as broader business experience which they will use to try and help your organisation improve or adopt best practice.

Quick fix & Ongoing Support - as well as helping with review and development of management systems we also provide ongoing support for companies who are not able to or do not wish allocate staff to developing or maintaining management systems and would prefer an external consultant to take the lead role and complete internal audits and other updates on a temporary or permanent basis.

Good value - we try to make sure we provide good value and achieve as much as possible in each consultancy visit. Our consultancy service is based on a day / half-day rate and we only charge for work completed. We can provide a costed proposal detailing number of days consultancy / cost and activities / actions to be completed.

Consultancy Approach

The approach of our consultants follows the main philosophy of our business - Simple, Smart, Consultancy Services.

Integrated & Streamlined - our consultants will help implement integrated management systems that are as simple as possible with no unnecessary complication.

Enabling your independence - Our consultancy approach is to help our clients take control of their own management systems. To assist with this when we supply documents / files they will be in an editable office or equivalent format allowing you edit, amend and take full control.

Avoid unnecessary complication - sometimes too much ISO consultancy can be dangerous as it can lead to development of overly complex systems which may end up serving the purpose of the ISO system itself rather than the business. At all times our consultants will strive to avoid creating unnecessary forms or procedures that lead to increased paperwork and provide little or no advantage to the company.

Resources - alpha-Z Documents

Our consultancy service is backed up by our alpha-Z Documents package which can be used as a flexible framework for your management system. The alpha-Z documentation package is a simple yet comprehensive documentation package comprising forms, policies, registers, checklists and implementation guidance which our consultants can use to assist and support their consultancy.

Remote Consultancy

As well as onsite consultancy we also provide a remote consultancy service where we can provide remote assistance with preparing and writing any necessary procedures and the management system documentation required. Our remote consultancy package makes use of our alpha-Z documents package which includes various implementation checklists and guidance documents to enable the development of effective and ISO compliant management systems at much lower cost than a full consultancy package.

ISO 9001:2015 Transition

We provide a simple and low cost transition package to update and transition your existing ISO documentation into a simpler format that also meets the requirements of the updated ISO 9001:2015 standard. Contact us for more details.

Management Systems / Certification - The best approach?

Not all companies need external help but there can be issues with trying to implement management systems by yourself just as there can be some issues with using a consultant. We have prepared the below potential pitfall planner based on our experience of some of the worst management systems we have seen over the years.

Can we get ISO certified without any external help?

Should we bring in a consultant?

Can that company really get us ISO certified in 2 weeks without us having to do anything other than pay their bill?


ISO Consultancy - Potential Pitfalls


  1. DIY Approach
  2. Fixed Fee - Guaranteed Certification
  3. Independent Consultant

DIY Approach - This approach can be sensible for some companies and whether is it right for you will depend on who you have available to lead the ISO implementation process and how busy they are. There are several documentation packages that can be purchased to assist with this approach but some of them are very complicated and may actually make the implementation process take longer and ultimately lead to a management system that is bloated and unworkable.

Management System - Potential Pitfalls

  • Junk & Jargon - Management System written around the ISO standards rather than the business operations. Far too much documentation and makes no sense to anyone
  • Pointless Documentation - Your Management System is just a template with your company name on the front and does not relate to your organisation in any way
  • Complicated & Self-serving - Your Management System is overly complex and has become counter-productive to business objectives with unnecessary new procedures and forms
  • Waste of Time - The time taken to develop the management system exceeds the cost of bringing in a consultant who could have done the same work in a day
  • Eye off the ball - The focus on developing the management system has led to some shortcomings in other business operations and loss of customers / profits

ISO Certification - Potential Pitfalls

  • Fake Accreditation - You have been signed up for 'Accredited' certification that is not UKAS (or equivalent) and has been rejected by your customer
  • Expensive UKAS - You have achieved UKAS accredited certification but your competitor has won the contract using much cheaper unaccredited certification
  • Crippling Contract - You have signed a 10 year contract for certification that does not meet your requirements and now also need to pay for another Certificate
  • Audit Hell - Selected certification is creating extra overheads due to an excessive annual audit schedule which is not appropriate or best value

Fixed Fee - Guaranteed Certification in 14 days!! - This is where much of the pain & misery associated with ISO Certification is generated. Some of the fixed fee companies are expensive and often will provide very little service for the fee, typically giving the consultant a few hours to prepare and provide documentation using a Template based on the ISO standards. The management system provided and certified (usually by the same consultant) would be very unlikely to pass an audit by another certification company.

Management System - Potential Pitfalls

  • Terrible Template - Consultant was only allocated a couple of hours to complete your entire management system which means your documentation is just a template with your company name pasted onto the cover page and does not relate to your organisation in any way
  • Disastrous Duplication - The template approach may mean that you get a separate manual / system for each standard so if you are covering multiple standards this can lead to documentation overload and much duplication which would be avoided with an integrated system
  • Junk & Jargon - Management System written around the ISO standards rather than the business operations. Far too much documentation and makes no sense to anyone
  • Complicated & Self-serving - Your Management System is overly complex with unnecessary procedures and forms
  • Not ISO Compliant - The main problem is likely to be the fact that the supplied documentation and limited consultancy does little or nothing to actually help achieve ISO compliance

ISO Certification - Potential Pitfalls

  • Fake Accreditation - You have been signed up for 'Accredited' certification that is not UKAS (or equivalent) and has been rejected by your customer
  • Crippling Contract - You may be required to sign a 10 year certification contract

Independent Consultant - There are some very good ISO consultants but there are also some terrible ones. The worst offenders tend to be the 'Jargon-Merchants' who try to make the entire ISO implementation process overly complicated and use the ISO standards to justify unnecessary and pointless activities. There are also 'UKAS Puritans' who will insist on only using UKAS accredited certification even when it isn't necessary and may actually place a burden on the company they are supposed to be helping.

Management System - Potential Pitfalls

  • Painful Parasite - The consultant has made the management system so complicated that only they fully understand it and it may also require so much time and input to maintain that you need to retain their services on an ongoing basis to keep it running
  • Locked / Licensed - The consultant has used 3rd party software with ongoing support / license costs or supplied files in a format you are unable to edit and can only read and therefore have no control over your own management system
  • Junk & Jargon - Management System written around the ISO standards rather than the business operations. The supplied documentation is full of jargon and gobbledygook which makes no sense to anyone except other ISO lunatics
  • Pointless Documentation - Your Management System is just a template with your company name on the front and does not relate to your organisation in any way
  • Complicated & Self-serving - Your Management System is overly complex and has become counter-productive to business objectives with unnecessary procedures and forms

ISO Certification - Potential Pitfalls

  • Expensive UKAS - You have achieved UKAS accredited certification but your competitor has won the contract using much cheaper unaccredited certification
  • Audit Hell - Selected certification is creating extra overheads caused by an excessive annual audit schedule & is not appropriate or best value
  • Audit Interpreter - Your consultant has advised that they should be in attendance at all audits leading to even higher audit costs
  • Costly Certification - Your consultant has a cosy relationship with a particular certification company and has recommended using their services rather than shopping around for a better deal
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ISO systems consultancy

ISO Standards / Schemes

We can help achieve compliance to various ISO standards as well as other pre-qualification schemes including the following;

  • ISO 9001 - Quality Management Systems
  • ISO 14001 - Environmental Management Systems
  • OHSAS 18001 / ISO 45001 - Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems
  • ISO 27001 - Information Security Management Systems
  • ISO 22301 - Business Continuity Management
  • EN 1090 - CE marking of Structural steel
  • EN 15713 - Secure Destruction of confidential material
  • BS 10008 - Legal admissibility of electronic information
  • Achilles Schemes - UVDB, RISQS, Building Confidence, FPAL
  • CHAS, Constructionline, Safecontractor, Acclaim & other SSIP schemes
  • FORS - Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme

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Want to join us?

We are actively looking for consultants who share our vision and approach for assisting clients to implement beneficial and useful ISO compliant management systems. Contact us to find out more about becoming an isoassured approved consultant.

Benefits of working with isoassured;

  • We are honest and up front with your clients and our consultants
  • Lowest certification fees for your clients
  • Reward scheme for bringing your clients to isoassured for certification
  • Referrals for consultancy in your area
  • Free access to alpha-Z documents and guidance / support if required