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What do the pending changes to ISO 9001 mean for you?

The revised version of ISO 9001 is due to be published by the end of 2015, and after its publication there will be a 3 year transition period after which all organisations will have to be certified to the new standard. So when will be the best time to change to the new standard? And what about organisations who are currently working towards certification under the existing 9001:2008 standard?

The draft of the new standard has been around for some time and it seems likely that the final version will not change much from the draft. Therefore planning for the new standard can be undertaken immediately. In our view the changes are mostly cosmetic and the most talked-about changes, in terms of management involvement and risk assessment, will involve some modifications in approach but, for our existing clients at least, are already largely covered by existing processes.

Whilst there is no imperative to move to the new standard our view is that it is best to grasp the nettle and get on with it. Therefore we would suggest that once ISO 9001:2015 is published, organisations look to move to the new standard in time for their next surveillance visit.

What about organisations who are currently planning to get certification but are not yet there? If your system is written and ready, then our advice would be to press ahead as you are, but if you are in the early stages of the process it would make sense to write your new system so that it is already in line with the new standard. If you know what you are doing that shouldn’t be too hard because, as we mentioned above, the format of the ISO 9001:2015 is already known. So write your system to be compliant with that, and you won’t have to worry about the process of conversion. Indeed, if your certification isn’t going to be until 2016 then you could go straight to the new standard.

We appreciate that all the changes may seem a bit daunting for organisations who are used to the 2008 version; however we have seen this standard change from 1987 version to the current one in 2015.  We are here to help. Please give us a call on 07773 388841 if there is anything you would to discuss.