What is ISO 10002 – Complaints Management System
The Complaints Management standard helps organizations of all types to identify, manage and understand how successfully they deal with their customer’s complaints. Some examples of complaints are:
- Poor quality of service
- Inadequate handling of complaints
- Poor communication both before and during the complaint handling processs
The Complaints Management Scheme can apply to organizations of all sizes, in the private, public and voluntary sectors, regardless of the nature of their activities or the nature of the business.
The Complaints Management Scheme specifies the key requirements for handling customer complaints successfully and includes complaints management controls to help you address customer dissatisfaction in a satisfying way within your business.
ISO 10002:2004 Complaints Management System provides guidance on the process of complaints handling related to products within an organization, including planning, design, operation, maintenance and improvement. The complaints handling process described is suitable for use as one of the processes of an overall quality management system.
The international standard provides a framework that the information obtained through the complaints handling process can lead to –
- Improvement in products and process
- Improve the reputation of organisation
Complaint Management System compliant to ISO 10002:2004 is relevant to any organization that wishes to exceed customer expectations, a basic requirement for businesses of all types and sizes, whether they’re in the private, public or voluntary sectors. ISO 10002:2004 is not applicable to disputes referred for resolution outside the organization or for employment-related disputes.
Benefits of ISO 10002:2004 – Complaints Management System
By adopting the management system, ability to retain the loyalty of customers is enhanced. Customers feel confident of commitment for the resolution & redressal of any of their query or complaints.
Implementation and certification ensures a consistent process to handle customers, which enable to identify causes and eliminate the causes of complaints, as well as improve organization’s operations.
System helps to adopt a customer-focused approach to handle, analysis and review complaints and encourage personnel to improve their skills & behaviour in working with customers.
It provides a basis for continual improvement and analysis of complaints-handling process, redressal of complaints with improvements to be made.
Provide complainants with an open, effective and easy-to-use complaints process.
Complaint management system is auditable, thus auditing of the complaints-handling process gives accuracy of the system compliance.
It is developed as guidance for an organization’s complaints handling process. It can be used alone or in conjunction with ISO 9001- Quality Management System of Organization.
This is a management system, therefore, all ingredients of management system are inherited in the complaint management system compliant to ISO 10002:2004, reviewing the effectiveness and efficiency of the complaints-handling process.
Enhance customer satisfaction by creating a customer focused environment that is open to feedback (including complaints), resolving any complaints, and enhancing the organization’s ability to improve its product and customer service;
Management commitment through adequate acquisition and deployment of resources, including personnel training;
Certified complaint management system demonstrates to customers & other stakeholders that recognizing and addressing the needs and expectation of complainants, you have processes in place to handle, analyse and review complaints to improve the product and customer service quality.
Effective complaint Management system helps to ensure defined responsibilities & procedures to handle & review complaints are in place.
Requirements of ISO 10002-2004 complaint management system
The standard has eight clauses. The first three are scope, normative reference, and terms and definitions. The other five are:
Guiding principles. The general notions upon which the processes for handling complaints should be built. They include visibility accessibility, responsiveness, objectivity, free-of-charge to complainants, confidentiality, customer focused approach and accountability.
Complaints-handling framework. An explanation of why organizations should commit to effective complaints handling, and the associated responsibilities and authority. It also describes considerations for developing a complaints-handling policy.
Planning and design. A description of how an organization can plan and design an effective complaints handling process.
Operation of the complaints-handling process. Guidance for operating the process, from receiving a complaint through closing the issue after completion.
Maintenance and improvement. Guidance on gathering and using complaints data, monitoring performance of the complaints- handling process, auditing the process to ensure it meets the organization’s requirements and continually improving it.
How to achieve ISO 10002:2004 compliance & Certificate – ISO 10002:2004 standard implementation / Certification steps
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- Gap Analysis
- Awareness Training
- Documentation Design and finalization
- Internal Auditor Training and conduct of internal audit
- Management Review Meeting
- Review of Implementation
- Pre-assessment audit
- Stage 1 – certification audit
- Stage 2 – certification audit
- Award of ISO 10002 certification
- Continual improvement of the system through value added consulting and training services
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