Still in transition to ISO 9001:2015?

We are less than a year away from the deadline for those certified to ISO 9001:2008 to make the transition to ISO 9001:2015 (in New Zealand to AS/NZS ISO 9001:2016). ISO outlined a transition period of 3 years for those with accredited certification to the 2008 standard to arrange recertification to the newer standard, and this period will end on 15 September 2018.

ISO provides guidance on the transition on the website of the standard's technical committee.

New application guidelines available

ISO has published a new technical specification to help people to apply ISO 9001:2015 in their organisations. It contains all the ISO 9001:2015 requirements together with guidance on their application. ISO/TS 9002:2016 Quality management systems – Guidelines for the application of ISO 9001:2015 is available on the Standards New Zealand webshop (see also ISO’s preview of this document).

There is also an accompanying handbook that focuses on the needs of smaller organisations: ISO 9001:2015 for small enterprises: What to do? Advice from ISO/TC 176. ISO provide a preview of this handbook. You can purchase the guide from the webshop.

Other free guidance material

The committee that developed ISO 9001:2015 has a website with links to guidance material.

If you want to check a definition of a defined term and do not have a copy handy of ISO 9000:2015 Quality management systems – Fundamentals and vocabulary, you can check on the ISO online browsing platform. Just enter ‘9000’, check the ‘Terms and Definitions’ box and search. You can then select ‘Term’ at the top and set ‘Results per page’ at the top right to ‘150’ to get an alphabetical list of ISO 9000:2015 definitions. You can select ‘Basic’ for the definition alone or ‘Full entry’ to see all the notes.

Many terms in standards are used with their usual dictionary meanings, and accordingly are not defined in the standards themselves. A glossary of such terms used in documents in the ISO 9000 family has been issued as an ISO brochure.

ISO has also produced a brochure ‘Selection and use of the ISO 9000 family of standards’, which provides an overview of the ISO 9000 family of core standards, a step-by-step process to implement a quality management system, examples of typical applications of the standards, and a bibliography listing the ISO 9000 family of standards.

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