ISO 9001: 2015 FAQ

I’m regularly asked about the forthcoming changes to ISO 9001, and so I will post answers to some of the more popular questions as they arise, here on my blog.

  1. When is the new version of ISO 9001 going to be published? – It is planned for publication in September 2015.
  2. Does my organisation need to re-certify as soon as it’s published? – No, all organisations will have 3 years to make the transition to from ISO 9001: 2008 to ISO 9001: 2015.
  3. Will it be difficult to implement ISO 9001: 2015? Generally, it shouldn’t be too difficult. It depends on the current ISO 9001: 2008 system and how it has been implemented (if it enables a ‘tick in a box’, then there will obviously be more work to do). Firstly, consider the context – how big is the company? What is it’s core business? How complex are it’s operations? What risks does it face? The new standard recognises that organisations (e.g. multi-nationals vs. small service businesses) have different needs and requirements.
  4. Should we scrap our current management system? No. I would recommend that organisations currently certified to ISO 9001: 2008 will meet many of the requirements of ISO 9001: 2015 and should keep these in place.

Do you have any questions regarding ISO 9001 2015? If so, feel free to get in touch and I will answer them for you.

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