What are the benefits?
International standards like ISO9001 help businesses provide reliable products and services that are safe and of consistent quality. This standard is the most widely recognized Quality Management System (QMS) in the world.
Accredited businesses are proven to be more efficient, effective and accessible, which is a definite advantage in today’s global economy. The standard was revised in 2015 to encompass the radical technological changes we have experienced and to encourage more focus on customer satisfaction and risk assessment.
When should I make the move?
Although certification normally has a three-year life, all certification for ISO 9001:2008 will expire by September 2018, regardless of the date of the audit. In conjunction to this, audit certification for ISO 9001:2008 cannot be issued within 120 days of this cut off date.
This means that many businesses are transitioning right now to avoid last minute panic.
We understand the complex nature of undertaking this transition or simply starting the journey towards certification.
Improve Consulting can be alongside you, to help with every step of the process.
What does this mean for my business?
Quality Management System Standards
|Section Number||ISO 9001:2008||ISO 9001:2015|
|Section 2||Normative Reference Section||Nominative References|
|Section 3||Terms and Definitions||Terms and Definitions|
|Section 4||Quality Management System||Context of the Organisation|
|Section 5||Management Responsibility||Leadership|
|Section 6||Resource Management||Planning|
|Section 7||Product Realisation||Support|
|Section 8||Measurement, Analysis and Improvement||Operation|
|Section 9||Performance Evaluation|
As clearly shown above, ISO9001:2015 includes two additional sections, while others have been re-named to highlight the focus on continuous improvement and risk assessment.
Only sections numbered four to ten of your QMS will be subject to the certification audit. The new standard has also removed the terms “documents, procedures and records” and replaced the terms with “documented information”. The changes form part of the “Annex SL” which was introduced to provide a generic framework for all standards going forward, following a consistent structure to help businesses meet their objectives.
It is essential that you start planning your transition immediately to build and maintain your market position.
To aid in this process, we offer the best quality services to help make the move as effective and efficient as possible.