The leading international standard ISO 9001 is being revised and will be published around the end of 2015. With over 1.1 million certificates worldwide, ISO 9001 is one of the most recognised standards, providing organisations with a management system that will streamline processes, maintain efficiency and increase productivity.
ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) are responsible for a wide range of international standards covering all aspects of technology and manufacturing. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, they have published more than 19,500 international standards covering almost every industry.
ISO standards are reviewed approximately every 5 years to ensure they meet the changing marketplace and maintain compatibility with other ISO standards.
Keeping up to date with the latest standards will maintain your organisation’s competitive edge in today’s global marketplace.
What does this mean for ISO 9001 registered organisations?
You will have a 3 year transition period to prepare and migrate your quality management system to the new edition so you need not make any changes to your existing system until the final draft is published.
ISO 9001 is currently at the final draft international stage and awaiting comments; it will then be put forward to the member countries for voting.
We anticipate that existing management systems of ISO 9001:2008 should conform to the 2015 version with just some minor adjustments.
You may want to start planning for its implementation in advance; therefore we have created a short PowerPoint presentation to give you an overview of the expected changes. Please call Chris McMillan on +44 (0)121 241 2299 for a copy.
What is expected to change?
From the drafts that are available, we expect a shift in focus with three main changes being identified as follows:
- Identification of risk and risk control
- Focus on risk based thinking
- Improved integration and implementation with other management systems and standards
- There is no reference to permissible exclusions in the 2015 revision
- An organisation may decide if a requirement is not applicable, providing it does not result in nonconformity
For a more detailed breakdown please call Chris McMillan on +44 (0)121 241 2299 for a copy of our PowerPoint presentation.