By Favour Nnabugwu

Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC yesterday achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON as an evidence of the commission’s commitment to continually improving its operational performance and underscores its ability to meet customer needs.

Established by the International Organization for Standardization and the SON, ISO 9001:2008 is a set of standards related to quality management systems designed to enable organizations to ensure they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders, while complying with statutory and regulatory requirements.

As the world’s most recognizable quality management standard, the ISO 9001:2008 standard helps organizations increase the efficiency of their operations, realize cost savings and continually improve the quality of their products and services.

CAC Registrar-General, Alhaji Bello Mahmud reassured SON and its teeming customers on the commission’s commitment to continue to improve its processes, procedures and systems in line with international standards, adding, “We shall also continue to strive for higher versions of QMS certificates”

“We have been able to reduce the period of registration of companies from 5 days to 24 hours since the adoption of the ISO standards. We intend to reduce it further by bringing it down to a maximum of 3hours by the time we deploy the new registration software in the first quarter of 2014”

In achieving ISO 9001:2008 certification, CAC is able to highlight its commitment to providing clients with the highest level of quality assurance for its global, industry-leading screening and identity solutions.

Moreover, the certification demonstrates the company’s ability to deliver a well-defined quality management system that complies with the most stringent international standards. In addition, with ISO 9001:2008 certification, the commission can ensure its operational performance meets customer needs, while motivating and further engaging its employees with more efficient internal processes.

ISO 9001:2008 specifies requirements for a quality management system where an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide product that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and It aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

Mahmud said, “In our commitment to realise our vision of becoming a world   class companies’ registry, this commission in 2006 submitted all its processes and procedures to scrutiny of the International Standard Organisation through SON with a view to attaining the highest standard in quality management”

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