ISO 9001- 2015: Why is it changing?

Why did ISO 9001-2008 standard changed to ISO 9001-2015 version? What will be your answer in short if such a question is asked by your senior management or corporate people? You can have a detail PowerPoint presentation to explain the so called changes. But in fifteen minutes, how will you make them understand upon the major changes?

Point 1: Integrate with other management system standardsPicture2

When there are many ISO management system standards in an organization, wouldn’t be easier if they are explained and organized under a common umbrella? Wouldn’t be easier if the redundancies among the standards are removed? There have been many complaints heard while an organization is managing its system with a number of ISO standards like ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001 etc. Even though these standards had many common features, they were organized differently and thus created a great problem for organizations which are trying to implement multiple standards.

The solution introduced is to have a common format across these standards – “Annex- SL“. All ISO standards are updated/being updated based on this high level structure. This helps to have a common language across all ISO standards, thereby increasing the consistency. ISO 9001-2015 will not be the first ISO management standard to employ Annex SL, nor will it is the last.

Annex- SL streamlines the creation of new ISO standard as well as provides the option for integrating multiple management system requirements.

Point 2: Risk based thinking

Picture3Risk management was implicitly addressed in the earlier versions of ISO 9001. The new ISO 9001-2015 standard explicitly addresses the same. Even though preventive and corrective actions were a part of ISO 9001:2008, it got limited to the quality management process. The new ISO 9001-2015 revision focuses on risk management at the global level.

In addition to identification of risks at the organizational level, the new ISO standard expects organizations to address opportunities for improvement based on the risk analysis.

Now when you are going into a detailed presentation you can have a number of slides detailing the below changes

  • Increased involvement of the leadership team
  • Integration of the QMS into organization’s business processes
  • Alignment with strategic direction
  • Documented information instead of ‘documents and records’
  • 10-clause structure
  • Clearer understanding of the organization’s context
  • Etc etc.

NB: All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to check the necessity of a revision, to keep it current and relevant for the marketplace. ISO 9001:2015 will replace ISO 9001:2008. The revised ISO 9001 was published on Wednesday 23rd September 2015. There is a period of 3 years transition period. Certifications to ISO 9001:2008 will no longer be valid after September 2018.