On September 23rd 2015, the latest edition of ISO 9001 was published. There is now a three year transition period to transfer from ISO 9001:2008 to the ISO 9001:2015 version of the standard. The countdown has begun.
Our advice is to act now. Three years may seem a long time, however these are the most significant changes we have seen in years, so forward planning is key. We will help guide you through the transition so you don’t risk losing your certification.
You can download our client transition guidance document from our online resource centre here.
As a general overview, in order to prepare effectively, owners and high-level management need to be more involved with the auditing process. As auditors, ultimately we need to know that you understand your business and your customers, know what the risks are, how your business is externally influenced, and that it is managed accordingly. We are not here to tell you how to run your business we just want to know how you are doing it.
Many other standards are impacted by the changes to ISO 9001 due to it being a core standard in industry specific quality management systems such as AS 9100. Each of these standards will have their own transition requirements.
A summary of the key changes can be viewed here.