- June 1, 2015
- Posted by: Kim Cunningham
- Category: ISO Tips
ISO standards are good things for businesses and have been for a long time. However, when changes occur to the standards or revisions are made it can leave some businesses feeling a little uncertain about what the future holds and what the changes mean for the way they operate their businesses. These are the things you need to know today about the ISO 9001:2015 Revision.ISO standards are good things for businesses and have been for a long time. However, when changes occur to the standards or revisions are made it can leave some businesses feeling a little uncertain about what the future holds and what the changes mean for the way they operate their businesses. These are the things you need to know today about the ISO 9001:2015 Revision.
Expected Publication Date – September 2015.
Before hitting the panic button for your business organization, it’s important to realize that businesses who are currently registered to ISO 9001:2008 have three years to transition to the revised standard.
Why Fix What Wasn’t Broken?
It’s true that ISO 9001 isn’t exactly broken. The fact remains that all ISO standards are reviewed on a five year basis to determine if revisions are necessary. This vigilance when it comes to monitoring standards helps them remain relevant in a world that is constantly changing.The revision process is a six-step process.
1. Proposal Stage from May to June of 2012
2. Preparatory Stage from June to October of 2012
3. Committee Stage from June through September of 2013
4. Inquiry Stage from May to October of 2014
5. Approval Stage in July 2015
6. Publication (anticipated in September 2015)
It doesn’t have to be broken in order to need attention. The revision process is designed to bring about improvements rather than to require businesses to make arbitrary upgrades or changes.
How many Organizations do the Revisions Effect?
The 2015 upgrade will impact well over one million organizations spread across 160 countries worldwide. The purpose is to help these organizations improve the efficiency of their processes, organize their processes, and find new ways to make consistent improvements.
While businesses and organizations officially have three years to make the organization, most organizations are encouraged to make the transition as quickly as possible.
What does it Mean for Your Organization?
If you’re like many business owners, you may not be risk averse, but big changes are almost always met with more than a little reluctance. This is what many organizations might consider a monumental change.
Since it is the new standard and will be fairly universal within a three year span of time, it is best to find a way to help this medicine go down quickly and without leaving a bitter taste in your mouth.
That’s where we come into the picture. As an ISO consulting firm, we can help take the bitter out of this transition by preparing your organization well ahead of time through ISO consulting, internal audits, gap analysis, process improvements, training, and more. Let us help you navigate the road to compliance for a seamless ISO 9001:2015 revision transition.