ISO 9001:2015 Changes

Last updated Feb 24, 2017

ISO 9001:2015 is a new standard that has been launched to replace the previous ISO 9001:2008 standard. These levels of standards need to be revised every 5 years to deal with marketplace changes. One of the main changes that has been addressed in ISO9001:2015 standards is the increased need for globalization in the workplace. With a wider network for many businesses the standard for international operations and collaboration has had to change as well.

Some of the most notable changes in the ISO 9001:2015 standard are the structure of the standards themselves. While they follow the same overall high level structure more information can be found for companies that use multiple management systems.

Extra information has also been added to the rules for developing ISO standards for any company and this can improve the process of setting up the standards for the first time.

Another main change is a new focus into risk analysis. While risk based thinking has always been included in the standard it takes a larger role in the newest version of the standard. New information on how to adapt to various risks can be helpful for companies and it is referenced both on the web and in official ISO 9001:2015 documents.

If you are currently certified in ISO 9001:2008 and you would like to upgrade your certification you will need to completely upgrade your QA management to the new system, and seek new certification. You will have three years to transition as by the end of September 2018 a certification in ISO 9001:2008 will no longer be valid.

The newer version uses a simplified language, a more user friendly interface and improve in areas that are mentioned previously in this article. Not only is the new standard made to meet the challenges of today’s modern businesses but it is much easier to use in general offering you countless advantages in efficiency.

If you’re company has not yet transitioned to the updated standard, contact us today to get started!


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Adam Marsh

Adam Marsh

President, Ledge Inc.

Adam is a Penn State engineer that has served as a Data Analyst and Engineer at St. Onge Company for 5 years, prior to establishing Ledge Inc. While maintaining a focus on simple solutions, Ledge Inc. has provided quality system implementation, process design, database development, quality tools, quality training, and data analysis to over 35 companies in South Central Pennsylvania and throughout the country. Adam currently serves as the sitting Chair for American Society for Quality Harrisburg Section 503 and as a member of the board for The Manufacturers’ Associations of South Central PA.



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