Today, the much debated revision process of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 has finally been concluded. After the International Standards Organization published ISO 14001:2015 last week, they have now also finalized the ISO 9001:2015 standard. For those who have attended one of our workshops or read our summary of the main changes, the final versions will contain no surprises.
ISO 14001:2015 – The New Standard for Environmental Management Systems
The revised standard follows a new structure and includes a number of new requirements to respond to changes in industry and broader user interests:
ISO 14001:2015 has a stronger focus on environmental performance and assures that environmental management is more aligned with your organization´s strategic objectives and direction.
By placing more emphasis on Leadership, ISO 14001:2015 will drive greater involvement in an organization’s environmental management system by Top Management. This contributes to a better motivation of employees towards the defined goals and objectives.
The standard requires a life cycle perspective for each stage of activities, products and services from development to end-of-life.
With the new high level structure applicable to all new and revised ISO management systems standards it will be much easier to implement multiple, integrated or combined management systems.
ISO 9001:2015 – What changes does the revision bring?
Like ISO 14001:2015, the ISO 9001:2015 standard follows the new high-level structure and introduces a number of new concepts, the most important one being the so-called “risk based thinking”. While the concept of risk has always been implicit in ISO 9001, the revised standard makes it more explicit and builds it into the whole management system. Annex SL includes a specific requirement that organizations determine the risks that need to be addressed to ensure that their management system can achieve its intended outcomes, prevent or reduce undesired effects and achieve continual improvement. Each management system standard can define risk in terms that are relevant to their specific discipline; so the revised version of ISO 9001 will do so in relation to product or service conformity and customer satisfaction. Risk based thinking will make preventive action part of the routine and it will not any longer be necessary to keep a specific requirement for preventive action.
Workshops & Further Information
Certified companies will have a three years period to transition to the revised standard. DQS supports its clients with information, trainings, workshops and gap assessments. Contact us for any guidance during the transition process – we will be happy to help.