ISO 9001:2015 Update

Currently most organisations are certified as complying with the ISO 9001:2008 standard but in September 2015 the new ISO 9001:2015 version was officially published. The publication of the new ISO 9001 standard will have an impact on every organisation that is currently ISO 9001 certified.

The first time any person reads through the new standard, it seems very daunting, but it soon becomes clear that although there are new requirements, the new standard is overall better suited to fit in with any well managed organisation and is based on sound business principles.

Briefly the key changes in ISO 9001:2015 are:

The numbering of clauses changed. All management systems standards will in future have to follow the same numbering sequence, use common definitions and structure.  This will make integrated systems e.g. ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 more achievable.

The new clauses are:

Context of the organisation





Performance evaluation


We grouped the key changes into three categories:

Overview of some of the key changes

Risk based thinking. This new term requires an organisation to determine the organisation’s interested parties, their requirements and to further consider risks that can impact the organisation and it’s objectives to meet customer requirements

Control over externally provided processes, products & services. Suppliers and outsourced processes are now grouped together.

Documented information, document control and control of records are now both covered as documented information. The standard will now often state documented information must be available opening it up as to whether we have procedures or just records to demonstrate compliance.

Objectives now have more specific requirements.

Organisation knowledge: Organisation must now determine what knowledge it requires to operate effectively. The current documented procedures will already go a long way in addressing part of this requirement.

Continual improvement (old preventive action). The term preventive action no longer exists and is now incorporated into the concept of risk based thinking and requirements for continual improvement.

All current ISO 9001:2008 certificates will remain valid in line with the expiry date as reflected on your certificate. However from March 2017 all certifications will be done against the new ISO 9001:2015 requirements and by September 2018 all certifications must have changed over to the ISO 9001:2015 requirements.

EQS will continuously communicate any market trends or feedback we receive from the certification bodies to our clients to enable your organisation to make the required adjustments.

Feel free to contact us to assist your organisation in the changeover process.