Your ISO 9001 2015 Transition, Certification, Requirements and Change Guide

ISO 9001 2015 transition

Highly Experienced ISO 9001 Management System Consultants

The 2008 version of the ISO 9001 standard was thoroughly revised and republished in September 2015 as ISO 9001:2015 (ISO 9001:2016 in Australia) and with it comes significant change of content, structure and terminology. As Australian businesses prepare for this ISO 9001 2015 transition by the deadline of September 2018, many will reach out to consultants for support and advice with these unfamiliar requirements.

Integrated Compliance Solutions has an ISO 9001:2015 implementation plan ready, ensuring we can provide seamless support to SMEs Australia-wide.

Our team of dedicated quality assurance consultants can help your business meet the requirements of changing ISO standards by guiding you through the transition requirements, leveraging off your existing strengths and ensuring that you have everything you need for a successful transition.

Continue reading this ISO 9001 2015 transition guide for information on revision and implementation of changes. Alternatively, contact us today for more information.

What is ISO 9001:2015 transition and how will your business be affected?

ISO 9001:2015 (or ISO 9001:2016 in Australia) is the new revision of the Quality standard published in 2015 to replace ISO 9001:2008. All businesses wanting ISO 9001:2015 certification will need to be audited against the new standard by the deadline of September 2018.

What are the changes to ISO 9001: 2008 in comparison to the new ISO 9001: 2015?

There are many differences between ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 9001: 2008. The main areas of change fall into the following categories:

  • Approach to risk and awareness of the context in which your business operates.
  • Meeting stakeholder expectations.
  • Using the Process Approach.
  • Control of Outsourcing.
  • Most businesses we have helped thus far find they have little in place in these areas and need to dedicate some time to meeting the requirements.

Read our blog article for more information on the new ISO standard from 2015 onwards.

What are the benefits of transitioning to the new ISO 9001:2015 version of the standard?

The new ISO 9001:2015 standard has a number of benefits over the ISO 9001:2008 standard:

  • It puts greater emphasis on leadership engagement thus increasing satisfaction with customers and suppliers: these are requirements for people to do business with you
  • The new revision helps address organisational risks and opportunities in a more structured manner (risk based thinking).
  • The standard uses simplified language, terms and a common structure which are helpful to organisations using multiple management systems, such as those for the environment, health & safety, or business continuity.
  • Supply chain management is addressed more effectively.
  • The terminology is more user-friendly for service and knowledge-based organisations.

How to transition to ISO 9001:2015 with a gap analysis

One of the most effective ways for businesses with established systems to transition to the new standard is to first implement an ISO 9001 2015 Gap Analysis to identify the gaps in your management system to comply with ISO 9001:2015.

Once you are aware of what needs to be done, it is helpful to create a project plan with a timeline to plan and keep track of:

  • How much work is required and how much time and resources can you allocate to fill the gaps? Be aware that much of the responsibility for this sits with the management team.
  • Allow time to adjust the management system and to train your employees in the new management system. Time should also be allocated for more frequent internal audits in the transition period to help you identify non-conforming areas.

It’s not difficult. It just takes some time and thinking and regular focussed activity.

If you wish to DIY you may find the following article from ISO 9001 Academy a good starting point, as it provides more information on the revision 2015 checklist and guidance on how to comply.

Don’t have time? Get help from our team of experienced professionals

One of the most common traps we’ve seen is companies thinking they have plenty of time and leaving it to the last minute. You should expect that making DIY ISO 9001 2015 changes will take a few weeks and this needs to fit in with operational priorities. You also need to book an audit with the ISO 9001 2015 certification body, which can take time so make sure you do this early.

We can do a gap analysis for you so you can DIY with confidence. If you have left your run too late to do that, we can also manage the entire process for you, so you can get certified to ISO 9001 2015 as quickly as possible and move on.

Having taken many companies through the transition process now, we have developed a very efficient system to help you meet the ISO 9001 2015 requirements in the minimum of time and get you audited.

Having taken many companies through the transition process now, we have developed a very efficient system to help you meet the ISO 9001 2015 requirements in the minimum of time and get you audited.