Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Looking Forward with your Company’s ISO 9001 Certification Program

Quality control insiders and veteran ISO 9001 label holders may be having mixed receptions about the proposed revision to the standards. The project has been underway since June 2012, and the CD was released to interested parties in April 2013. Since December 2012, the ISO has geared for comments and a ballot vote on the draft International Standard in March 2014. The ISO is looking at the final publication of the ISO 9001:2015 standard in September 2015. For a company or organization looking ahead to the future under the 2015 standard, they will need an ISO 9001 certification service like the International Standards Authority Inc to steer them in the right direction.

Getting ready for the 2015 standard will require refreshers of ISO 9001:2008. Nelson notes that several quality management systems (QMS) were reportedly designed as compliant under ISO9001 requirements, when no such provisions existed under the 2008 standard. Instead, the standard mandates the organizations themselves to create the processes needed for the QMS, under the plan-do-check-act cycle (PDCA). The 2015 CD’s subclause 4.2.2 has since stated the application of a process approach to the organization’s QMS.

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