After 3 years of work, the revision of ISO 9001 has now been published with the following aims:
- To improve an organization’s ability to satisfy their clients
- To ensure relevance of standards is maintained, as business and industry has changed
- To reflect the needs of all user groups and current operating environments/ technology developments
- To set a consistent foundation for next 10 years
- To allow for standards to easily integrate with other standards – new format throughout, in line with ANNEX SL
Companies will have three years from the date of the standards being issued to complete their transition and ensure that the requirements of the revised standards have been met (until September 2018).
Until the end of this three-year transition period the existing ISO 9001:2008 standards will still remain valid, will still continue to be recognised and can still be audited against.
What are the main changes?Along with the new high level structure/format, the new ISO 9001:2015 standard requires higher priority be given to managing processes and less about documentation.
ISO 9001:2015 emphasises the importance of leadership from top management to ensure that the organisation’s quality management system achieves the desired results.
Risk assessment and risk management has been prioritised and management should establish a culture of risk based thinking throughout the organisation.
What can we do now?Obtain a copy of the ISO 9001:2015 standard and conduct some research into the significant changes.
Consider starting a risk management plan, if you don’t already have one, and begin thinking how to address risk in your business - consider typical risk processes, such as risk determination, risk control, risk mitigation, acceptable level of risk.
Consider a plan for appropriate training and awareness for all parties having an impact on the effectiveness of your company.
ACS Registrars have developed a Checklist to identify areas where your Management Systems may require adjustment and changes to be made. For a copy of this please contact ACS Registrars Ltd Accredited Office
IAF updateAs the three-year transition for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 moves into its final year, IAF (the International Accreditation Forum) has passed a resolution that as of 15th March 2018, Certification Bodies must conduct all ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 initial surveillance and recertification audits to the new versions - ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.
What does this mean?
Any audits you have booked between March and September 2018 will need to be to the revised standards, as failure to achieve certification to the 2015 standards by the expiry deadline in September 2018 shall result in your certification no longer being valid, this may affect your ability to supply to all of your markets.
Don't leave your ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 transition planning until the last minute, you may find auditors are unable to fit you into their increased workload.