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ISO 9001:2015 has been published!

23 September 2015
ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management Systems – Requirements) has been published and released today.

This significant milestone in the transition from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 effectively ends the Standards Development process and begins the Certification Transition process.

NQA welcomes this latest iteration of the world’s most implemented management system standard as part of the on-going continual improvement process that the standard itself espouses.  

The ISO 9001:2015 standard is available for purchase and immediate download at www.iso.org.

As discussed by NQA previously, some of the major highlights of ISO 9001:2015 include:

  • Adoption of the ‘High Level Structure’ known as Annex SL which is used by numerous other management system standards and will facilitate multi-discipline ISO implementations 
  • Inclusion of ‘Risk-Based Thinking’ throughout the standard culminating in requirements for organiations to identify risks and opportunities, and subsequently take effective actions towards these
  • Increased alignment with the organisation as a whole including the context in which it operates, its interested parties, and enhanced coordination with the leadership and strategy of the organisation.

Certified organisations have up to three years to fully implement the revised requirements of ISO 9001:2015, though NQA clients can expect support throughout the transition period starting with more information over the coming days and weeks.  

Additionally, content is currently available throughout the NQA web site on the changes within ISO 9001:2015, the NQA Transition Plans and some helpful tools that may assist organisations as they begin to formulate their own transition plan.  Those organisations ready to make the transition should contact NQA for help in scheduling their transition audit.

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