ISO 9001:2015

ISO 9001

ISO 9001 is one of the widely-used quality system standards in the world.  In order to keep its effectiveness and reliability to the market, it is currently being revised by a group of experts referred to as the technical committee.  ISO 9001:2015 aims to respond to the latest developments and be a workable match to other management systems like ISO 14001.  The new version is said to have taken great consideration of customers’ quality expectations relating to the entire supply chain. It also intends to increase the impact and benefits of Quality Management Systems on various organizations.

ISO 9001:2015 is now at the fourth stage of revision. The fourth stage of the ISO publication process or the Draft International Standard phase (DIS) is very important because this is the period wherein feedbacks are gathered and extensive discussions among the technical committee members take place.  It was on May 2014 when the DIS revision of ISO 9001:2015 was officially issued for vote.  The next stage after that is the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) that is expected to happen on November 2014.

Affected companies that hold ISO 9001 certification are given three years to efficiently introduce and adopt the new requirements or prerequisites included in the updated version of the standard.   The transition period will begin right after publication which will occur towards the end of next year.  Hopefully by September 2015 publication is achieved.  And even though the final release will not be exactly like the DIS, no major alterations are expected.

So what are the changes that are included in the ISO 9001:2015?

Based on the Committee Draft, requirements that are deemed crucial to the adoption and implementation of the process approach are specified.  Requirements that are already present in the ISO 9001 are brought together to generate more results, thus, increasing the value for the company and its clients.  Organizations are also encouraged to take into consideration feedback from all processes and stakeholders, successfully extending the scope outside the customers’ perspective.  Risk-based thinking is given emphasis as well.  Preventive action has been replaced by risk management and planning.  In addition to this, recording of procedures and reports are given more flexibility with regards to type and purpose of documentation.  ISO 9001:2015 also provides a new structure that will allow integration between related ISO management system standards. This enhanced structure will be the basis of all management system standards in the future.

Preparing for the Draft International Standard

As early as now companies are recommend to familiarize themselves with the amended requirements of the Draft International Standard version.  If you are feeling overwhelmed by these changes get the service of Quality Systems Enhancement, Inc., the best ISO preparation specialist, to guide you throughout this crucial time.  They can help you by consultation, training, ISO registration assistance and auditing. You can depend on their stress-free and cost-effective approach to help you understand the ISO 9001:2015 standard.  Stop hesitating and contact Quality Systems Enhancement, Inc. at 770 – 518 – 9967 or visit them at http://www.enhancequality.com to get started.