2015 Revisions to Standards

You may be aware that all international standards are revised every few years to keep up-to-date with the times.

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 were both updated in September 2015.

Below you’ll find how this’ll affect you if you’re registered with Approachable Certification.

When you’re ready to transition to the new standards please contact us. We’ll then send you a questionnaire to ascertain that you’ve understood the changes and establish the most appropriate way to audit the changes you’ve made. This may just be as part of your surveillance visit, at no extra cost. Larger companies however, may require additional auditing time, for which there’ll be an additional fee. You’ll be advised if additional auditing is required.

The changes are fairly substantial and you’ll find much written about them on many websites. In short, these are the headline points:

  • A new high-level clause structure (Annexe SL) is being introduced across these and all management system standards
  • New clauses relating to understanding the context of the organisation
  • Expanded requirements for quality objectives
  • Management responsibility has been expanded to include Leadership
  • The requirement for a Management Representative has been removed
  • More detailed requirements for the process approach to quality management
  • No specific Preventive Action clause
  • Requirement to consider risk and opportunities
  • Reduced requirement for documentation
  • Extent of control of externally purchased products and services
  • Inclusion of Care of property belonging to others
  • Expanded requirements for monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation
  • Criteria for excluding clauses

The previous versions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 will cease to be recognised on 14th September 2018. Consequently, all certificates to the old standards will expire before or on that day. Customers are encouraged not to leave upgrading to the new standards to the last minute as it may lead to additional expense (in addition to those noted above) if we’re unable to audit the changes as part of our routine surveillance programme.

If you need any guidance with the revised requirements please contact us. We can discuss the changes with you and point you in the right direction if you require more comprehensive support.

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