Are you ready for the new ISO Standards?

Are you ready for the ISO 9001: 2015 revision?

Time is running out, the transition period will end in less than 12 months.  A summary of the key changes to the ISO 9001 standard is outlined below:

  • Increased emphasis on having a Performance based approach (rather than a prescriptive based approach) to managing company processes, that enable organisations to consistently develop products and services that achieve conformance against customer requirements and expectations
  • Maintain the Process based approach and the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle of ISO management
  • Increased emphasis on the organisations ability to become more Agile and flexible
  • increased emphasis on Achieving Value for the organisation and its customers
  • increased emhphasis on Leadership engagement
  • increased emphasis on understanding and control of Risk to the organisation, and thinking about risk in a more structured way (risk based thinking)
  • reduced emphasis on Documentation
  • no stated requirement for Documented Procedures
  • no reference to having a Quality Manual

Further information and guidance material on the changes to the ISO 9001 standard can be found here: https://committee.iso.org/sites/tc176sc2/home/projects/published/iso-9001-2015.html

 Are you ready for the ISO 14001: 2015 revision? 

Time is running out, the transition period will end in less than 12 months.  A summary of the key changes to the ISO 14001 standard is outlined below:

  • increased emphasis on Strategic Environmental Management, to include planning, understanding organisational context and incorporating the needs of interested parties
  • increased emhpasis on Leadership engagement
  • increased emphasis on Protecting the Environment and the prevention of pollution
  • increased emphasis on Environmental Performance expectations being set and monitored
  • increased emphasis on a Lifecycle perspective to include acquisition of raw materials, product design, product development, production, transportation/delivery, use, end-of-life treatment and final disposal
  • increased control and influence over Outsourced processes
  • increased emphasis on Communication and the development of an internal and external communication strategy
  • reduced emphasis on Documentation and the organisation retaining flexibility to determine when ‘procedures’ are needed to ensure effective process control (alignment with ISO 9001)
  • increased emphasis on using an ISO Common Framework, used to achieve enhanced integration with other management system standards

Further information and guidance material on the changes to the ISO 14001 standard can be found here: https://www.iso.org/iso-14001-revision.html

 Certification Readiness?

Are you ready for the revised changes to the new ISO standards for quality and environmental management systems?  If the answer is no, a good starting point would be to invest time in doing an ISO Gap Analysis.

What is an ISO Gap Analysis?

An ISO Gap Analysis, is one of the most effective ways to transition to the new standard.  It will assess how fully your organisation complies with any given standard and details the gaps. Ideally it also tells you what you need to do to fill the gaps and provides an action plan and adds value in terms of improvement suggestions.

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