Transitioning to ISO 9001:2015 – What you need to know

Transitioning from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 is crucial if you want to maintain your current ISO 9001 certification.

Here we run through the most important information you need to stay compliant with the new changes.

Why has the ISO standard changed?

ISO standards are reviewed every five years as part of continual quality management. Businesses and organisations face different challenges over the years, and so by continually updating the ISO standard, these new challenges and requirements are considered.

This new structure now follows a similar structure to other ISO standards and focuses on risk-based thinking.

The International Accreditation Forum has a Transition Planning Guide for the new update.

What can my business do to become ISO 9001:2015 compliant?

If your business would like to maintain the ISO certification, you must first read and understand the changes in the updated standard.

Once you understand the differences between the standards, you can contact us for a business gap analysis. We will help you to identify the gaps between your current operations and put systems in place to ensure compliance to the new standards.

After implementing the new changes, you can then talk to your certification body about transitioning to the new standard.

What are the key dates for transitioning to the ISO 9001:2015 update?

There is a three-year transition window for all active certifications to transition to the 2015 update. This means your business has until September 2018 to complete the transition to the new ISO standard, including audit, processing and approval by your certification body.

Don’t leave it too late. We recommend transitioning by March 2018. This gives you a six month window as a safety net in case of issues or personnel changes. There may also be extended leadtimes for booking suitable audit dates as there will be a spike in audits required in the leadup to the cutoff date.

Contact us today if your business needs help transitioning to the new ISO 9001:2015 update.