Transition to ISO 9001:2015 Before Time Runs Out

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ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). The final date to transition from ISO 9001: 2008 to ISO 9001: 2015 is quickly approaching.

When does this transition need to happen by?

There is a transitional period of three years after the publication of each new version of ISO 9001. The most recent standard ISO 9001:2015 was published September 2015.  Organizations must therefore implement the new ISO 9001:2015 standard before September 14, 2018 in order to be considered ISO 9001 compliant.

The ISO 9001:2015 standard is constructed around seven quality management principles:

  1. Customer focus
  2. Leadership
  3. Engagement of people
  4. Process approach
  5. Improvement
  6. Evidence-based decision making
  7. Relationship management

What are the main differences between ISO:9001: 2008 and 2015?

  • ISO determined that all Management System standards shall use a common framework containing: Unified High Level Structure (HLS) and Common Text and Terminology. ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and the upcoming ISO 45001 are all using the common framework.
  • “Risk based thinking” as basis for the management system is embedded throughout standard.
  • Deepened emphasis on “Leadership” and management commitment.
  • Process approach is still an important concept – with extended explicit requirements.
  • More detailed attention to the control of externally provided processes, products and services (requirements do not distinguish between purchasing and outsourced process, all is dependent on risks and required control).
  • More focus on determination of extent of post-delivery activities (also based on product risks etc.).
  • Extended requirements related to planning of needed changes to the management system.
  • Extended requirements for review and control of changes essential for production or service provision to ensure conformity with specified requirements.
  • Included new clause “Organizational knowledge” covering a more “strategic” consideration of knowledge needs.

Making the transition.

  • Read and understand the new ISO 901:2015 content and requirements.
  • Identify the current gaps that need to be addressed to meet these new requirements.
  • Design an implementation plan.
  • Execute implementation plan and update your management system to meet requirements.

For assistance in making this transition, contact BDeWees Consulting today.