ISO will revise the quality management system standards ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 in 2015 to follow a common structure (Annex SL of the ISO/IEC Directives, a high-level structure HLS). In the future, it will be easier to integrate several management systems into one.
What is the effect of the revisions?
With the new structure, the standards will support management and business better and will be easier to use. Companies will have to specify their operating environment, identify the risks and opportunities for their operation, also understand their internal customers and evaluate process performance.
Documentation is not as strictly regulated (e.g. Quality Manual is no longer required) and it will be easier to integrate different systems. The process approach has been under discussion for more than 15 years and finally becomes a requirement. Previously described as desired or recommended, it now becomes mandatory.
Risk-based thinking is introduced in QMS, bringing everyday planning and management operations closer. In the future, it is time for the dinosaurs to leave their ivory towers and retire. Management must be committed to leadership and prove this both to the personnel and other stakeholders.
=> The revision is a great opportunity to modify your systems and make them lighter, more practical and better suited to supporting company management.
When do we have to adopt the revised versions of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015?
ISO aims to publish ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 in the autumn of 2015.
Companies can start to implement the new standards as soon as they are published (certificates of compliance with the revised standards can be granted after the publication date). Current standards will stay valid for three years from the publication date of revised versions, so there is no great rush.
Should future revisions be considered already?
This is a good time to evaluate your current QMS: Does it support the strategic goals of the company? Is it a useful tool for the management, or does it put a spanner in the works? If there is room for improvement, we recommend starting the process sooner rather than later.
Practical tips – Training on revised standards September 17
VTT will organise training on the revised ISO standards in Espoo on September 17. The training course will review the future revision and its effect on company operations.