ISO 9001:2015 - Risk

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September 12, 2016

Risk – It’s an important theme in the new standard for ISO 9001:2015, but it’s not hard to understand. Businesses are taking risks all the time: bringing on new customers, new suppliers, taking out loans, hiring new employees, etc.

While those may be small risks, there are also big risks being taken such as bringing on a new customer that will increase your business by 50%. Even in our personal lives we take risks such as asking someone to marry you. Risk is all around us and something we are always doing.

So, how does this relate to the new standard? The 2008 standard was focused on prevention, which is now being replaced with risk management. While you don’t need a defined process, you should still show how you are preventing risk. There are many tools available to do so such as a RASCI (Responsible, Accountable, Supportive, Consulted, Informed) analysis, SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis, or succession planning.

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