Iso 9000 Shipping Standards
The usefulness of an ISO 9000 certification in your business will depend on the type of industry that you are in. ISO 9000 is an international certification that states that your company is up to a quality standard. In certain industries, this is quickly becoming almost essential in order to do business with certain clients, and indeed, even in certain countries. It is essential that your own company adhere to the quality standards published by the organization, but if you're shipping with a third party fulfillment company, they also have to meet all of those posted guidelines.
The drug and pharmaceutical industry is one which is largely dependent on this type of certification. Many countries, especially in Europe, are now only doing business with companies that follow these quality certifications. That means that if you plan on doing business internationally, you can stand to benefit a great deal by looking into finding couriers, distribution agents, and fulfillment organizations that also follow all these guidelines.
The aim of these types of standards is to promote purity in products. This is important for obvious reasons when shipping drug products. These products need to be produced, handled, and shipped with the utmost care. When that is done, it ensures that all the products are going to be made correctly, so they are effective, and never handled or treated in a way that could lead to any contamination, which could of course ultimately harm the person that is taking them.
It makes sense that there are a number of these types of guidelines that companies engaged in the transportation of these goods have to adhere to. Many times, goods can be in the possession of those who transport them as long as they are in the hands of those that produce them, if not longer. That is why it is as important to make sure that transport companies are handling these products correctly.
When you're shipping something with a courier company, check to see if they have ISO 9000 quality certifications or ship in compliance with those guidelines. Even if you don't yet have your certification but it is something you are working towards, you should still look into this. If you do business with a courier that meets those guidelines right from the outset it will mean less effort for you when the time comes to start getting your inspections for your certification, as those will definitely include examinations of your shipping processes.
by: Paul McDuffyAbout the Author:Paul McDuffy is a consultant for fulfillment company and ltl shipping companies as well as national courier service businesses.