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10 things you need to know about the ISO 2015 revisions – STEP 10

10 things you need to know about the ISO 2015 revisions – STEP 10

In my previous blogs I covered:

Step 1: ISO Publication and Beyond
Step 2: The High Level Structure
Step 3: Clauses 1, 2 and 3 – Scope, Normative References and Terms and Definitions
Step 4: Context of the Organization
Step 5: Leadership
Step 6: Planning
Step 7: Support
Step 8: Operation
Step 9: Performance evaluation and improvement

A quick reminder of the 10 Clauses of the High Level Structure:

1. Scope
2. Normative References
3. Terms and references
4. Context of the organization
5. Leadership
6. Planning
7. Support
8. Operation
9. Performance evaluation
10. Improvement

My series of blogs has covered these Clauses, and has hopefully provided some context and direction for your organization in getting to grips with the new ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. This final step in my series covers the timeline for implementation, some recommendations on ‘what now’, and also some suggestions for useful resources.

With the actual publication of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, there will be a three year transition period for organizations to move their certifications from the current versions to the new versions, so there is plenty of time to make progress. But we would strongly recommend starting to consider the changes now in order to make the process as smooth as possible.

In terms of ‘what now’, here are some suggestions:

Make the most use you can of the information which is freely available! There is a lot out there (including some excellent blogs….), both publicly available, and also via membership organizations including the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

Get to grips with the standards and start to look at how you align against the key changes (and the not-so-key changes). Use the shared knowledge of your organization and seek to engage your senior managers in this process, because, as I have said in a number of the blogs, the new standards are raising the profile of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and now require the engagement of senior management to a higher degree.

This might sound a bit glib, but – get a copy of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 (and if possible ISO 9000:2015 also)! These are the key documents you need and will be in place for a number of years.

Talk with your Certification Body, and your Lead Auditor about the changes, with the potential for anything from a brief discussion at this point to potential workshops, training or gap assessments. We are expecting our Lead Auditors to talk to you at every available opportunity.

Finally, grasp the opportunity to try and use the changes to engage more widely with your organization, not just with the senior management. The standards are strong on the need to engage with a whole range of interested parties- and your staff is one of the most important. Take the opportunity as early as possible to sit down with the right people to look at the changes and review how you may already meet part or all of the key requirements around- interested parties; risk and opportunities; organization context and scoping; leadership engagement and delivering a strong process approach. Undertake your own initial gap analysis and start to consider what you need to change in your management system and how you can achieve the required changes.

I hope that this updated series of the ’10 Steps’ has been useful, and we wish you success with your journey to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015!

P.S. Don’t forget about ISO 45001- the International Standard being developed on Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems which will replace OHSAS 18001:2007 in 2016. The standard is now at Committee Draft Two stage with an anticipated Final Draft International Standard (DIS) in March/April 2016. More blogs to come on that…..


Contact us for support: Transition to the ISO 2015 revisions.

Do you have questions related to  the ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015 revisions? Post them in our LinkedIn group , and our auditors Doug Milne and Niall Pembery will get back to you.


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