A new version of the ISO standard has just been launched, replacing the previous version (ISO 9001:2008)
What is ISO 9001?
ISO 9001 is a standardised framework that sets out the requirements for a quality management system. It enables businesses and organisations to be more organised, efficient and customer satisfaction focused.
Why has the global ISO standard been reviewed and revised?
The world has changed and with ever changing business environments, organisatsions today are very different from decades ago. To ensure the ISO standard remain relevant in the marketplace, it is reviewed every five years and revised if needed to incorporate this new evolution of change.
What are the major differences between the old and new standard?
The main difference to the new standard is the new structure and an increased focus on risk based thinking. It now follows the same overall structure as other ISO management system standards. This brings a common framework to all management system standards which helps to maintain consistency, alignment, and common language across all standards.
What are the benefits of the new ISO version?
Main changes to the standard are as follows:
- A much larger emphasis on business leadership towards achieving goals and objectives.
- Addresses business risk and opportunities using more of a structured framework.
- Simplified language, and structure of application and terms for organisations using multiple management systems for WHS, QA & Environmental.
- Communication and awareness
- Fewer prescriptive requirements, more accessible for service/knowledge based organisations.
I am currently using the old ISO standard. What should I do?
Don’t let your business get left behind! It is highly recommended that you update your quality management system to the new ISO standard as soon as possible so you can stay current with the needs of today’s changing business world.
With every organisation being unique its own way, its important you take the necessary steps to fine-tune your management system to fit the new standard.
I am certified to the ISO 9001:2008 standard. What should I do?
If you are like many businesses who wish to maintain your ISO 9001 certification status, it is advised you upgrade your existing quality management system to the new version of the standard and pursue certification to it. Organisations have a three-year transitional period from the date of the official publication (September 2015) to move to the new standard.