September 23, 2015 marked the end of the ISO 9001 revision process with the publication of ISO 9001:2015. The international quality management system standard is now available from National Standards Bodies.
Developed by the ISO Technical Committee ISO/TC 176/SC 2, ISO 9001:2015 has been revised using the common management system framework, introduced by Annex SL which sees the standard structured into 10 clauses – this will be the case for all new and revised ISO standards.
Annex SL, the new high level structure and common text for all new and revised ISO standards, is the single biggest change to the ISO 9001:2015 document. Other topics that are new to ISO 9001 include: a] organizational context (clause 4), b] knowledge (clause 9), c] the control of externally provided products and services (outsourcing, clause 8) and d] the formal introduction of a risk based approach (several clauses), among others.
"Now that ISO 9001:2015 has been published, organizations looking to transition to the new standard can really benefit from a performance based management system which delivers competitive advantage."
Richard Crute-Morris, LRQA Assessment Services Capability Development Manager
What’s been revised?
Among the areas of the standard that have been revised or now contain more specific information, organizations should pay attention to a] increased emphasis on top management engagement with ISO 9001 (clause 5), b] managing change (clause 6), c] performance and evaluation (clause 7), d] management review (clause 9) and e] repeat references to the process approach (several clauses).
What does ISO 9001:2015 mean for my organization?
Organizations will have three years from publication to successfully complete transition to the new standard, so they can choose to transition at any point within this period.
Some may choose their next certification cycle, although many will want to be ‘among the first’ given the increased flexibility and value that ISO 9001:2015 will deliver, along with the bonus of a clear commitment to best practice being demonstrated to their interested parties.
How LRQA can help?
Our range of ISO 9001:2015 services includes gap analysis, training, including in-company management briefings and transition planning and facilitation workshops, and assessment, all of which are designed to make your transition to the new standard as seamless as possible. LRQA’s services are tailored to your organization, your people and your systems, providing you with a better understanding of how these relate to your future business performance.
ISO 9001:2015 - Timescale to publication
Please note that these timescales are subject to change