ISO 9001: 2015 – The Path To Organizational Success

Last updated Feb 24, 2017

ISO 9001 facilitates organizations to inform their customers that they have the ability to offer products and services with consistency and good quality. ISO has issued over 1.1 million certificates throughout the world with this aim in mind. It also benefits organizations by streamlining their processes and making continuous improvements to their processes. According to the acting ISO Secretary-General Kevin McKinley, ISO 9001 allows organizations to adapt to dynamism. It also empowers an organization’s ability to achieve maximum customer satisfaction and provides a firm foundation for growth and sustainable success.

Unlike previous editions, the 2015 edition features important changes. These significant changes can be identified as a result of evolutionary rather than a revolutionary process. The new edition brings ISO 9001 firmly into the 21st century. ISO 9001:2015 is far more prescriptive than its predecessor and instead focus on performance enhancement. This was the result of implementing accurate process approaches, risk-based thinking, and Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle within every organizational function. Following are few benefits that an organization could achieve by implicating the new edition.

Emphasis on quality and continuous improvement

The new revised edition will make sure that quality management and continuous improvement concepts are fully integrated into your business strategies. This will help your organization to achieve their quality standards without much of a disruption

Leadership Management

The ISO 9001: 2015 standard ensures greater involvement in the organizational hierarchy by the leadership groups. Accordingly, the whole organizational system will be motivated to achieve organizations goals and objectives effectively and efficiently.

Introduction of Risk & Opportunity Management

The introduction of the revised edition will help management system as a proper management tool and will expose new business opportunities that can promote the overall organizational performance. This will also help to properly manage new market opportunities and market risks associated with your business.

Increased Goodwill

Early implementation of the new standard can result in gaining competitive advantage over your competitors. The implementation can attract new quality suppliers; customers, and business partners. This can also give you advantage in tenders, auctions, negotiations and bids as well. 

An Integrated System

The new structure of the revised edition will make it possible to integrate all the management functions into a one common function applicable to all. Furthermore, new ISO management system standard is much easy to introduce into multiple, integrated management systems of organizations.

Requires fewer prescriptive requirements

With the implication of new standard, there are lesser amount prescriptive requirements. As a result, the organizations will find it easier to incorporate quality management strategies into their core business processes and gain higher customers satisfaction.

Minimize Costs

One of the main objectives of an organization is to minimize total cost. The less prescriptive and demanding document requirements of the new standard will lead to reduced costs and time consumption. The enhanced business processes, and better risk management will provide balance to the organization. Not having to maintain quality management systems for two standards will reduce labor cost, time and resource wastage.

When we consider the above mentioned benefits, it is evident that implementing the latest ISO 9001:2015, replacing the previous standard can have a greater influence on your organizational performance on its way forward.

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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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