Informative ISO9001 2015 Transition Guide: Quality management is absolutely everything when it comes to running and understanding a business that holds value. As of 2015, there is an international standard that’s changing the game for Quality Management Systems. The previous version of this quality management system is the ISO 9001:2008, which was updated last in 2008. While the previous QMS system was great, things needed to be adjusted over time to fit various organizations. This was done through utilization of the ISO user survey, finding out what could be done better in terms of improvements or additions that would work best in their environment. In the new update, users can expect to be able to:
- Integrate with other systems on a management level
- Integration approaches to organization management
- Enhance the company’s ability to keep customers satisfied
- Reflect the ever-growing complexity of the environment of the organization
- Why it’s better to transition now, than later
No matter what size your business is, you can have a quality management system standard that works well for millions of businesses while keeping customers happy. With the newest addition to the Quality Management System roster, you’ll be able to satisfy customers even better, beat out competitors with no problem, and even increase your organizations performance, showing that they’re one step ahead of the competition.
What are the benefits to transitioning?
There are many benefits we already mentioned, but to specifically pin point what the ISO9001:2015 transition can offer, the standard is capable of:
- Increasing consistency to look great against competition on the market
- You can meet the demands and needs of your clients and customers much better
- Efficiency in work which translates to a reduction on time spent, money spent, and resources
- With a great quality management system, employees will feel more motivated to work, which in return decreases errors
- With decreased errors, you can make more profit
- Help staff with processes behind the scenesand much more!
Since you’re most likely familiar with the previous version, you may want to know what exactly went “wrong” in the previous QMS and how it’s fixed in the newest version. If you want to get started immediately, see our FREE Informative ISO9001 2015 Transition Guide Checklist at the end of this article.
In ISO9001:2015, you’ll find updated communication, performance evaluations, management reviews, nonconformity and corrective actions, and much more. There are also terminology changes between the two which should be noted.
In the 2008 version, the original term was “products”; in the updated version, it’s noted as “products and services”. As for exclusions, the updated terminology is non-existent as they have taken out this term. For documentation and records, it is now called “documented information”. Work environment was changed to “environment for the operation of processes”. As for purchased product, it was changed into ‘externally provided products and services”. Last but not least, the supplier terminology was changed to “external provider”. Knowing these differences beforehand can save yourself a lot of frustration.
If you would like to assess your current ISO9001 system to the changes download our Informative ISO9001 2015 Transition Guide Checklist (click here).
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