SGS urges swift transition to ISO 9001:2018
02 August 2018
SGS, the inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is working with companies holding an existing ISO 9001:2008 to transition to the ISO 9001:2015 version of the standard, in the remaining time ahead of the official deadline on 15th September. Current holders that do not transition to the new standard will no longer be certified.
Andrew Wood, operations manager at SGS, said: “We’re managing to process these transitions very efficiently, and are urging companies to act now – it’s not too late to contact us to see how we can help.”
The updated 9001:2015 quality management system (QMS) certification has introduced new key features, and has been designed to benefit all business – irrespective of industry. The evolution of how businesses work, their processes and their concepts have all impacted upon the updated standard; this includes an increased use of social media, e-commerce and new business technology.
One of the most significant changes to the standard’s requirements is the emphasis placed on senior management and leadership engagement. Business leaders must now be able to demonstrate a greater commitment to, and direct involvement in, their company’s QMS.
Whilst changes to the certification have indeed been significant, achieving compliance is not as complex as businesses may think. In particular, SMEs and small businesses that fear they are not yet ready to successfully transition, could be just a few small steps away from 9001:2015 compliance.
SGS has published a Readiness Checker guide for organisations to ascertain how close they are to transitioning. Further support is offered from the SGS Academy team, which has produced a series of workshops for QHSE managers. The workshops align with the ISO 9001:2015 standard, and equip QHSE teams with the tools and knowledge to engage with senior management on quality issues.
Of course, ISO 9001:2015 certification is not just for current holders of the 9001:2008 standard. The globally acknowledged standard has been designed to benefit businesses of any size, sector and service.