Registrar Selection & Certification Cost Reduction

ISO 9001, ISO 9000, TS 16949, TL 9000, AS9100, ISO 13485

"Pinnacle's support of our corporate QMS transition was critical to our success and saved us well over $150,000."

Leann Irvin
Corporate Quality Manager
Foam Fabricators

How your organization achieved certification to ISO 9001, TS 16949, TL 9000, AS9100, or ISO 13485 is more important than who issued the certificate. Nevertheless, the reputation, recognition, and quality of your registrar are an indication of the quality of your quality management system (QMS). A good analogy is a university diploma. One can earn a diploma at many accredited universities, but a diploma from Harvard, U of M, Yale, Stanford, or MIT says something about the quality of one's education.

There are hundreds of accredited registrars. Most vary in their reputation, recognition, and quality. Furthermore, most vary in style, support level, methodology, philosophy, and cost. To add to the confusion, individual auditors within each registrar vary greatly. The point is that not all registrars are equal and cost should not be the only deciding factor. Nevertheless, no organization should pay a dollar more than it has to for the type and level of registrar that it wants.

There are numerous factors that affect certification cost. These include:

"Pinnacle recently assisted us in obtaining a major cost reduction for our upcoming re-certification audit. As usual, Pinnacle was professional and responsive and the process of obtaining our cost reduction took only a matter of days"

Marianne DePoole
Administrative Services Mgr
Applied Handling, Inc.

  • Size of your organization,
  • Number of full-time, part-time, and contract employees,
  • Number of shifts,
  • Your industry, products, and services,
  • Organizational complexity,
  • Complexity and user-friendliness of your QMS,
  • Customer requirements,
  • Registrar's methodology and interpretation of accreditation guidelines,
  • Accreditation body,
  • Geographic location, and
  • Regulatory environment and requirements.

Balancing and managing all of the variables and factors to select the right registrar at the best price is difficult.

Pinnacle Enterprise Group (Pinnacle) helps you establish a good long-term relationship with the right registrar. Pinnacle's founder and staff work with countless registrars on a daily basis. We know and manage every variable and factor. Our expertise and experience help our clients reduce the cost of certification by 20%-30%.

Even if your organization is already certified to ISO 9001, TS 16949, TL 9000, AS9100, or ISO 13485, contact Pinnacle to see if we can help you reduce your certification cost by 20%-30%.

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