The free Oxebridge free ISO 9001 template kit appears to have been downloaded over 125,000 times. The data’s not exact because Google Analytics doesn’t provide exact details on individual downloads, and the plugin we use also can’t account for every individual file (vs. entire kits) that was downloaded, but the estimate is probably close to a real number.
This number — which is pretty staggering, since it would roughly equal about 10% of all ISO 9001 certified companies in the entire world — doesn’t include the download statistics for the free AS9100 kit, the data for which we are having trouble getting. (Google Analytics isn’t very friendly on this point.) So we don’t know how much higher that number gets if we add the AS9100 kit.
The number might be even higher if we allowed visitors from China and Turkey access to the Oxebridge site, which we don’t. The Oxebridge site was previously subjected to numerous hacking attempts, with the bulk coming from those two countries, so we had to switch off access for those nations, as well as a handful of others. Sorry.
While the other kit sellers in the world, who can charge as much as $5000 or more for their template kits, are likely furious about this, ISO and the various registrars should be happy. It means that we’ve exposed another 125,000 companies to tools that will help them upgrade their systems, and that means another 125,000 companies that will be buying copies of ISO standards and hiring (or retaining) certification bodies.
I await my ASQ quality award for unprecedented achievements in the field, as well as any award ISO deems fit to give me. I’ll add it alongside the other ISO award I won back in 2013.
Anyway, proceed with caution, of course. Template kits always suck, but free template kits — like ours — suck less. You can still download the kits here:
About Christopher Paris
Christopher Paris is the founder and VP Operations of Oxebridge. He has over 30 years' experience implementing ISO 9001 and AS9100 systems, and is a vocal advocate for the development and use of standards from the point of view of actual users. He is the author of Surviving ISO 9001 and Surviving AS9100. He reviews wines for the irreverent wine blog, Winepisser.