ISO 9001:2015 Revision
- Date: Wednesday 13th January 2016
Quality and performance are at the heart of every successful business and this can only be achieved by having appropriate levels of control over core business processes. ISO 9001 is by far the most established voluntary quality management standard in the world and is currently being used by over one million organizations across more than 170 countries.
All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to establish if a revision is required to keep it current and relevant for the marketplace. ISO 9001:2015 is designed to respond to the latest trends and be compatible with other management systems such as ISO 14001 (environmental management) and the increasing business diversity of users.
One of the major revisions is intended to bring quality management and continual improvement to the heart of an organisation giving an opportunity for organisations to align strategic direction and business risk with their quality management system.
The key changes in the standard are:
- An emphasis on leadership involvement with the management system
- A focus on a risk management based approach
- An emphasis on objectives measurement and change
- Communication and awareness
- Fewer prescriptive requirements and documented manuals and procedures
With the standard implemented, organisations will find it easier to incorporate their quality management system into the core business processes and gain greater business benefit.
Source: Dr Michael Cash - SSG