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Selecting a Registrar

free-quote-buttoncert-button We provide you with a quick and simple way of receiving multiple quotations from up to three different registrars at one time. Where ever your company is in its certification process, we are here to simplify.

  • Select Your Country
  • Choose Your Standard
  • Select Three Accredited Registrars to Receive Quotes From
  • Complete Form
  • Submit!

Quote Basics

The certification form is automatically sent to the ISO registrars you chose. You will receive a copy of your submittal, and we retain one for our records. You receive a quotation within 72 hours so you may select the registrar that will best fit your unique requirements. Looking for the right registrar to audit your company can be confusing. That is why the has partnered with many different registrars around the world and has made them easy for you find, choose, and hire to complete your company’s needs. (Or, to complete your registration audit.) We strive to find you the best registrar for your unique company and needs while saving you time and money. Our process is proven to decrease the time needed to find the proper registrar and complete required audits for ISO certification. The contract you set up with your Registrar (or Certifying Body – CB) will be for the three year period. You would renew your contract after three years to start the cycle again. Since you are starting a relationship that will last at least 3 years or longer, you will want to choose carefully.

Registrar Basics

Generally, when you sign a contract with a Registrar, it will include the Registration Audit, and Surveillance Audits. The Registration Audit is the initial audit that will be done to see if you will achieve registration. Once you are approved, your certificate will be valid for three years. (See typical Registration Process Flowchart) After you have your registration, the Registrar will come back every 6 months or year for a Surveillance Audit to see if you are maintaining your system and continuing to meet the requirements of the standard. Registrars vary in their approach, so you will want to find out details from each Registrar you are interested in. Your certificate will be valid for 3 years. After that period your registrar will be required to do another Registration Audit to renew your certification.

When to Select a Registrar

Organizations often wait until they feel their QMS is running smoothly before they select a registrar. However, we recommend choosing them earlier in the process – like when they are creating their documentation. Why?

  1. this assures that you can find one who is able to meet your timeframe.
  2. The advantage of interviewing them early is that they will ultimately be the ones who will evaluate your QMS. A registrar CANNOT consult for a company who they audit, but they can explain (based on their experience) how they intend to audit your organization. So if you choose them earlier in the process you can ask them questions along the way.  It’s like asking the teacher what you’re going to be tested on. This can be important because much is up to the individual’s discretion (like a referee in a sporting event) and you’d be wise to consider it.


The costs for the audits and registration will be dependent on the size of your company, the number of locations, the accreditations that you need, and the distance between you and your Registrar. The costs are typically dependent on the number of audit days required for the registration audit and the surveillance audits, the travel costs for the auditors, and the administration fees and accreditation fees for the registration.

  • A good estimate is $1400/day + expenses, but contact a registrar for a quotation.
  • The number of days is based upon the size and complexity of your operation.
  • Expenses include travel expenses for the auditor to your facility.
  • Number of auditing days a CB can assess is regulated by IAF Guide 66 Annex 1

Choosing a Registrar

The most important factor in choosing a Registrar is how well they can work with you. This includes how well they know your industry, how much experience they have with similar companies, and how well they communicate with you and your employees. There are many rules that a registrar must follow, issued by organizations like the ANAB. See ANAB Rules… Interview 3 or more Registrars to get a good idea of the options available and differences between Registrars. Look locally if you have good choices, it will save on costs, but if you do not find a good fit look farther. The benefits of your relationship with your Registrar will pay off. Remember that these are experienced professionals that spend day after day evaluating how companies do business. The feedback you get from them is one of the best benchmarking tools available.

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Recommended Registrars


BSI is the leading registrar and training organization offering services to the following standards: ISO 9001:2008, AS9100, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO/TS 16949, and more!

Other registrars we have worked with:

  • DNV DNV Certification
  • TUV-SUD TUV-SUD Certification

Complete list of Registrars

Here is a more ISO Registrars complete list of ISO registrars for all of the major ISO standards:

  • TS 16949 Registrars
  • ISO 9001 Registrars
  • ISO 14001 Registrars
  • ISO 13485 registrars
  • OHSAS 18001 Registrars
  • AS9100 Registrars
  • And more…