Certification standards change over time as old policies or practices are shuffled in for newer, oftentimes better rules and regulations. The same goes for ISO standards and the change of time, change of consumers, follows with the change in standards and practices. A full breakdown of the change in ISO 9001 standards can be found at ISO.Org, but you don’t need to fear for your current or upcoming certification with the new revisions. In fact International Quality Certification provides re certification and new certification for the new revisions of ISO’s 9001 standards.
What Has Been Changed?
One of the main, primary reasons for the recent revision in ISO 9001’s standards is because of the increase of globalization. Business and companies coexist and operate through every changing channels that grow more complex as more, and more global markets open up. With the change in market always comes the change in customer expectations, and so a change in policies and standards are certain to follow.
The biggest, and largest change to ISO 9001 is in the way that ISO 9001 is structured. ISO 9001 follows a more standardized management systems structure as seen in other ISO standards to improve companies that handle more than one type of system. This increases overall effectiveness of the ISO itself, and overall cohesiveness, so that companies work more smoothly.
Other factors and changes to ISO 9001 standards involve where the focus of the documentation, the regulations, lie. Much of the focus has shifted towards leadership engagement as compared to the previous ISO 9001 standard. An increase in leadership engagement also brings along with it a higher focus on minimizing risks in organization. Complex language has also been simplified for easier understanding, making the overall system much more user friendly, alongside allowing it to coexist with other systems far easier.
Do I Need to Change My Certification Now?
No. If you are currently using ISO 9001:2008 certification then your certification isn’t required to change for a few more years. ISO standards have a three year transition period set up so that companies who have older ISO standards already in place can take the time to implement new changes seen in the new documentation. This settling period is for your benefit, but it ends in September of 2018. If you want to continue to have 9001 standard certification then it might be time to start reviewing the full list of changes you’ll need to make to maintain it.