As specialist ISO 9001 consultants and ISO 14001 consultants we have now had over 6 months experience in dealing with the changes to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 which occurred in September 2015. So far we have taken a number of clients to certification in the new standards, and many more are now planning their transition to the new ISO standards. As we have said before, whilst there is no rush we would advise everyone with ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 to be planning their transition to the revised standards now.
One of the most effective changes has been to bring the formats of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 into line with other standards such as the Information Security Management System ISO 27001. It seems bizarre that an international standards’ organisation has not previously written its standards in a “standard” format, but better late than never. For those organisations with more than one standard or thinking of implementing new standards this common format will make things easier and cheaper to implement and maintain.
The only issue is that other standards have yet to catch up. For example the Aerospace specific standards AS 9100 or AS 9120 are still based on the old ISO 9001 standard, and as far as we are aware there are no publication dates for revisions to these standards.
However at MQF and for many other ISO consultants the new ISO 9001 and 14001 standards are a considerable improvement. Do not be put off by the changes and the somewhat scary vocabulary they use – it is really not that difficult, and the transition will be easier than you might imagine, particularly if you have an ISO consultant like us to advise you!!