Did you know about the changes made to the 9001 standard?

ISO 9001 is a standard which establishes the requirements for a quality management system. It assists businesses and organisations in increasing efficiency and improving client satisfaction. A new version of the ISO 9001: 2015 was recently published in September 2015 to replace the previous edition (ISO 9001: 2008).
The most significant difference lies in the structure of the standard. In the interest of simplification for those who use several management systems, ISO 9001: 2015 follows the same “high level” general structure as other ISO management systems.

The other major change is the risk-based approach. Even though this was already present in the standard, the new version places greater emphasis on this aspect.
The new version of the standard offers a number of advantages to the user in the following ways:
  • Placing greater focus on the involvement of the Management
  • Assisting in addressing risks and opportunities in a structured manner
  • Using straightforward language, as well as a structure and terms which are common to other management system standards
  • Handling supply chain management more efficiently
  • Being easier to use for service organisations
If you wish to maintain your certification according to the ISO 9001 standard, you will need to update your quality management system according to the new edition and request the certification. You have until the end of September 2018 to receive your ISO 9001:2015 re-certification, as after this date ISO 9001:2008 will no longer be valid. 
You must plan this update as early as possible to ensure a smooth transition

Practical advice for updating ISO 9001:2008

Here are some recommendations designed to help you upgrade to the new version ISO 9001: 2015:
Recommendation 1 – Familiarise yourself with the new document. Whilst some things have been modified, many others remain unchanged.
Recommendation 2 – Identify any potential gaps you need to fill in order to adapt to the new requirements.
Recommendation 3 – Develop an implementation plan.
Recommendation 4 – Provide appropriate training and heighten the awareness of all parties which have an impact on the efficiency of the organisation.
Recommendation 5 – Update your quality management system in accordance with the requirements of the revised standard.
Recommendation 6 – If you are already certified in accordance with the standard, contact your certification body to make the transition.

Taken from:  Moving from ISO 90012008 to ISO 9001: 2015, International Organization for Standardization, ISO Central Secretariat, Chemin de Blandonnet 8, Postcode 401 CH — 1214 Vernier, Geneva, Switzerland


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