Identify areas where you fall short of meeting ISO standards

Gap Analysis

A Gap Analysis is a valuable tool used to assess the differences between current practices and required standards, such as those outlined in the desired ISO certification.

ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) develops and publishes international standards to ensure quality, enironmental aspects, information security, health & safety and energy efficiency for an organisation. Conducting a gap analysis helps organisations identify areas where they fall short of meeting ISO Standard requirements and allows them to implement corrective actions.


Gap Analysis Template

In order to help you streamline the process, CGBC have created this Gap Analysis template.

It will help your organisation to produce a visual representation of the areas that need attention. It serves as a practical guide to bridge the gap between their current state and desired objectives, such as achieving ISO certification compliance.

What is Gap Analysis

A Gap Analysis for ISO standards involves assessing the differences or “gaps” between an organisation’s current practices and the requirements outlined in a specific ISO standard.

ISO develops international standards to ensure the quality, safety, efficiency, and interoperability of products, services, and systems across various industries.

Benefits of Gap Analysis

Gap analysis offers several benefits to organisations across various industries. Some of the key advantages include:

Competitive Advantage

Organisations that consistently conduct gap analyses and address identified gaps are better positioned to stay competitive. By aligning with industry standards and best practices, they can differentiate themselves in the market.

Improve Efficiency

By highlighting gaps in processes, organisations can streamline operations and enhance efficiency. This can lead to cost savings, improved productivity, and a more effective use of resources.

Risk Management

Gap analysis helps in identifying potential risks and vulnerabilities in various aspects of an organisation's operations. By addressing these gaps, organisations can mitigate risks, prevent issues, and enhance overall risk management.

Continuous Improvement

Gap analysis is a tool for fostering a culture of continuous improvement within an organisation. Regularly conducting gap analyses enables companies to adapt to changing circumstances, technologies, and market conditions.

How to conduct a Gap Analysis for ISO Certification:

Understand ISO Standards:

Familiarise yourself with the specific ISO standard relevant to your industry or organisation.

Establish a Project Team:

Form a team comprising members from different departments to ensure a comprehensive evaluation.

Identify Current Processes:

Document and understand your existing processes, procedures, and practices.

Study ISO Requirements:

Break down the ISO standard into its individual requirements and elements.

Conduct Gap Analysis:

Compare each ISO requirement with your current processes. Identify areas where your current practices do not meet ISO standards.

Document Findings:

Record specific gaps, their impact, and potential risks. Use the CGBC checklist to document the status of each ISO.

Prioritise Gaps:

Prioritise the identified gaps based on their significance and potential impact on the organisation.

Develop an Action Plan:

Create a detailed action plan for addressing each identified gap. Assign responsibilities for implementing corrective actions.

Implement Corrective Actions:

Execute the action plan systematically. Monitor progress and update the project team regularly.

Training and Awareness:

Provide training to employees to ensure they understand the requirements of ISO and the importance of adhering to the standards.

Documentation and Record Keeping:

Update documentation to reflect the changes made to meet ISO requirements. Establish a system for maintaining records.

Internal Audit:

Conduct internal audits to verify that the corrective actions have been effective. Address any additional gaps identified.

Management Review:

Regularly review the progress with top management to ensure ongoing commitment.

Pre-certification Audit (Optional):

Some organisations opt for a pre-certification audit to validate their readiness before the certification audit.

Certification Audit:

Engage an accredited certification body to conduct the official certification audit.

Continuous Improvement:

Establish a culture of continuous improvement to maintain and enhance compliance with ISO standards.

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