The ISO 9001 transition period ends on 14th September 2018 and every organisation that relies on this standard to trade with its customers at home and abroad should have now transitioned to the revised version (ISO 9001:2015). Your certificate will be void unless you have your audit booked and you are ready for the transition in the next few weeks.
If you have not booked your audit to the revised standard ISO 9001:2015 by 14th September 2018, you will have to start the process of certification from scratch.
The same applies to ISO 14001:2008 revised to ISO 14001:2015.
Better integration and support from top management
One of the main revisions to the standard is the Annex SL framework.
Annex SL is a high-level structure that will provide consistency throughout ISO management system standards. This means that if your organisation has more than one standard (ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for example), the management systems, structures, definitions and requirements will be consistent. This saves time and resources and makes it easier to comply with multiple standards.
The new ISO 45001 which is currently going through migration from OHSAS 18001 has also been designed around the Annex SL framework. Other standards already incorporate Annex SL, such as ISO 27001, and others will use it as they come up for revision.
One of the other main changes is the involvement of top management. Leadership from management to drive the processes and support the quality management system (QMS) is now essential if it was optional before. QMS is a business process that delivers continual improvement and customer satisfaction and will need to be given the full backing and commitment at every level of the organisation.
This will inevitably lead to increased scrutiny of the management review meetings to ensure they are carried out with adequate frequency and actions are followed up. Identification of risks and risk management has also been prioritised and actions will need to be included as part of the management review process.
This all makes good commercial sense if you are serious about improving your business opportunities. The benefits can help you to grow your business and increase profits.
ISO 9001:2015 benefits
If you have been thinking about implementing ISO 9001:2015 into your organisation and need to convince top management that it makes good business sense and the investment of time and cost is worth it, here are some valid reasons:
- Globally recognised standard to improve your credibility.
- Less waste, increased productivity = more profit.
- Better customer retention and satisfaction.
- Improved internal management systems.
- Identification and reduction of risks.
- Employee engagement.
To find out more about implementing ISO 9001:2015 into your organisation, please visit http://a-ec.co/category/iso/iso-9001/