SQA Provides Guidance for Transition to ISO 9001:2015

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February 18, 2016

Smithers Quality Assessments (SQA) has released tips for businesses to transition to the 2015 version of the ISO 9001 international standard for quality management. In order to remain certified, organizations will need to incorporate the new version of the quality management system by September 15, 2018. SQA is offering two options to clients: upgrade in 2016 or 2017 with the goal to have current clients ISO 9001:2015 certified by December 31, 2017, at least a year before the deadline.

“Businesses shouldn’t be afraid of the 2015 version,” said Cathy Fisher, the founder and president of Quiestem, LLC. “If a company has an effective quality management system already in place, then most of the revised requirements have likely already been covered.” In July 2015, Fisher highlighted many of the new requirements at the SQA Client Appreciation and Training Day.

ISO 9001:2015 emphasizes risk-based thinking applications from a strategic or operational standpoint while maintaining focus on quality management. The updated standard has a more streamlined approach to the implementation and maintenance of management systems. The revised standard provides opportunity for businesses to achieve intended results and improvement with the goal of staying relevant in an ever evolving marketplace. SQA wants to help customers understand that the update is not a burden.

Many of the regulations now mandatory in ISO 9001:2015 were previously suggested in the 2008 version, and as a result companies may have already complied with some of the new requirements. In some areas, no change will be required and the gap analysis SQA developed and shared with customers will simply serve as a confirmation that what a company already has in place is working. 

SQA is on-hand to support its clients during the ISO 9001:2015 transition. Client transition letters with a gap check sheet and a comprehensive requirements book were sent to customers in December 2015. These documents ensure that clients will know what they need to change and what may already be in-line with the standard. Another SQA training session is planned for June 2016 at the Fourth Annual Client Appreciation Day.

SQA clients can download the gap analysis and additional documents in the customer portal or contact SQA or auditor with questions about ISO 9001:2015.

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