An ISO Gap Analysis is a systematic process that helps organisations identify the discrepancies between their current practices and the requirements of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). ISO standards are globally recognised benchmarks that define best practices and guidelines for various aspects of business operations, including quality management, information security, environmental management, and more.
When an organisation aims to achieve ISO certification, it must undergo a rigorous assessment to ensure its conformity to the relevant ISO standard. This assessment involves conducting an ISO Gap Analysis to determine the organisation’s current state and the extent of compliance with the standard’s requirements.
Ascentor’s professional team of ISO practitioners collaborate with in-house teams to provide effective ISO Gap Analysis support. An ISO Gap Analysis determines the differences between an organisation’s current business system and the requirements of controlling criteria, such as the ISO 27001 standard. Ascentor’s experts clearly identify the modifications required to comply with the relevant standard and include detailed advice on the most effective way to implement changes.
Ascentor can steer you through what is required to become ISO compliant. We start with our tried and tested Gap Analysis, which is a four-step process that will arm you with the knowledge to make business decisions regarding improvements and related resources.
An ISO Gap Analysis is a crucial and strategic step in the journey towards ISO certification. By identifying gaps early on, organisations can address them proactively, streamline their processes, enhance efficiency, and demonstrate their commitment to meeting internationally recognised standards for quality, safety, and customer satisfaction.
Once an ISO Gap Analysis has been completed, an internal audit will be conducted. This will assess the effectiveness of the changes made and ensure that the organisation is on the right track towards ISO compliance. Once these corrective measures are in place, a Gap Analysis can be revisited to evaluate the effectiveness of the actions taken. This step helps to verify if the organisation has indeed achieved the desired level of compliance with the ISO standard. When the organisation is confident in its ISO compliance, it may engage an external certification body to conduct an official audit. If the organisation meets all the requirements, they will be granted ISO certification, affirming its conformity to the ISO standard.
An ISO GAP analysis is important because it helps organisations identify areas where they need to improve in order to meet the requirements of a particular ISO standard. By identifying these gaps, organisations can take corrective action to improve their processes and procedures, which can lead to increased efficiency, improved quality, and greater customer satisfaction.
An ISO GAP analysis is typically conducted by a qualified auditor or consultant who has expertise in the relevant ISO standard. The auditor or consultant will review the organisation’s current practices and procedures, compare them to the requirements of the standard, and identify any areas where there are gaps. The auditor or consultant will then provide a report that outlines the findings of the analysis and makes recommendations for how the organisation can close the gaps and achieve compliance with the standard.
The length of an ISO Gap Analysis can vary depending on the size and complexity of the organisation and the standard being assessed. However, in general, an ISO Gap Analysis can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to complete.
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