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The latest revision of the ISO 9001 standard is now in its final draft. The new standards are set to be officially published next month, so now seems like a good time to take stock of the changes that are just around the corner.

Here's what you can expect from the 2015 revision when it is published:

  • More emphasis on leadership. Managers will need to demonstrate a solid understanding of any issues (internal or external) that could impact on their management system and customer satisfaction.

  • A stronger focus on risk management. Risk assessment has always been an important part of the ISO 9001 standard, and it is expected to take an even more central role in the 2015 revision.

  • Clearer requirements for your objectives and measurements. In order to meet the ISO 9001:2015 standard, your quality objectives will need to meet a stricter set of requirements, as will the methods you use to measure whether said objectives have been met.

  • Renewed focus on communication/awareness. Managers will have to create and implement a communication plan, as well as ensuring that all workers are aware of the organisation's quality management system and how to meet its requirements.

If your company's quality management system is already certified to the current ISO 9001 standard, you will have a three year 'transition period' to migrate to the latest version and its standards. After that, all certification must be carried out to ISO 9001:2015 standards.

Do you need help getting ISO 9001 certified or migrating your current systems to the 2015 standard? If so, get in touch with NPT Management Systems today - our ISO consultants will make the accreditation process as smooth and as simple as possible.