An ISO Gap Analysis objectively assesses how closely a management system aligns with the requirements of a particular ISO standard, for example ISO 9001:2015. It is often undertaken when an organisation is considering becoming certified.

Bywater has been providing ISO gap analyses and assisting organisations with the implementation and maintenance of their management systems for nearly 40 years. Our consultants help organisations across all industries achieve certification to a range of international standards, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 17025, ISO 27001, ISO 50001 and many more.

Features of an ISO Gap Analysis

  • Gain a detailed understanding of the steps needed for your organisation to achieve ISO certification
  • Identify where your policies, processes and procedures meet and fall short of ISO standard requirements
  • Understand the timescales and resources required to achieve ISO certification
  • Use the analysis report to create an implementation plan
  • Save cost and time by utilising an ISO expert that has helped other businesses achieve certification

How We Conduct a Gap Analysis

Initial Consultation 

Following your enquiry, we will contact you to discuss your requirements and schedule a call between you and a consultant who specialises in the standard you wish to benchmark against. They will discuss your goals, the scope of your operations, any specific areas of concern you have and the timescale you wish to achieve certification within.

Following the initial free consultation, we will send you a quotation along with our availability to conduct the gap analysis for you, either at your premises or remotely. Typically, an ISO Gap Analysis takes place over one day, but this may vary based on the size of your organisation and complexity of its processes and procedures. 

On the Day 

Our consultant will provide a recap of the scope of the operations we have agreed to assess, the criteria which they are undertaking the gap analysis against, for example the ISO standard itself, and confirm the plan for the day.

We may need access to certain management system documentation during or prior to the analysis, such as your business manual, policies and records.

Our consultant may also interview members of your team, such as top management and process owners, to assess whether process and procedures are being followed and understood. At the end of the day a closing meeting will be held to provide a summary of our findings.

ISO Gap Analysis Report 

Following the analysis, you will be sent a comprehensive ISO Gap Analysis Report identifying where you currently do and don’t meet the requirements of the standard, along with recommendations for meeting those requirements and suggested next steps. The report will also confirm your position in terms of achieving ISO certification.

Additional Support 

Following the receipt of the gap analysis our consultants can provide as much or as little support as you need to help you achieve certification.  We can review changes you have implemented, assist you in the development of management systems documentation and provide awareness and Lead Auditor and Internal Auditor training to embed and maintain the management system.

    What next?

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