OVERVIEW OF SOME OF THE KEY CHANGES
Risk based thinking. This new term requires an organisation to determine the organisation’s interested parties, their requirements and to further consider risks that can impact the organisation and it’s objectives to meet customer requirements
Control over externally provided processes, products & services. Suppliers and outsourced processes are now grouped together.
Documented information, document control and control of records are now both covered as documented information. The standard will now often state documented information must be available opening it up as to whether we have procedures or just records to demonstrate compliance.
Objectives now have more specific requirements.
Organisation knowledge: Organisation must now determine what knowledge it requires to operate effectively. The current documented procedures will already go a long way in addressing part of this requirement.
Continual improvement (old preventive action). The term preventive action no longer exists and is now incorporated into the concept of risk based thinking and requirements for continual improvement.
All current ISO 9001:2008 certificates will remain valid in line with the expiry date as reflected on your certificate. However from March 2017 all certifications will be done against the new ISO 9001:2015 requirements and by September 2018 all certifications must have changed over to the ISO 9001:2015 requirements.
SEMQ will continuously communicate any market trends or feedback we receive from the certification bodies to our clients to enable your organisation to make the required adjustments.
Feel free to contact us to assist your organisation in the changeover process.