ISO 9001 is an internationally recognized standard for quality management, ensuring that organizations have proven processes in place to meet customer requirements. ISO 9001 can be a cost-effective means to demonstrate to customers that quality assurance is of paramount importance to your organization. The major benefit that ISO 9001 ertification brings to most businesses is a significant competitive edge over their rivals.

A combination of ISO standards is possible. The structures of the ISO standards: ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 are identical to each other and allow you to integrate the ISO standards into one integrated management system (IMS). The audit can be carried out combined, leading to greater efficiency and effectiveness.

What are the benefits of QMS International?

  • QMS International offers the possibility of certification within 45 days;
  • It applies a pragmatic and standards-based approach;
  • An independent and ethical attitude;
  • Qualified auditors for several ISO-standards with excellent knowledge of the industry and standard(s);
  • Non-bureaucratic approach towards our customers;
  • No unexpected costs and delays;
  • Extensive worldwide experience with management systems.

What is the impact of the new ISO 9001:2015?

Many of you will be wondering what the new ISO 9001 will entail. “Have a lot of changes been implemented?” and “What do the new features of the updated standard mean?” In short: What is its impact on your organization and what does this mean for your current certification? Since October 2015, the new standard applies. For that reason, we want to inform you as a customer and relation.

What are the biggest changes?

First, this is the High Level Structure (HLS). The idea behind the HLS is that the previous management system standards had a large amount of corresponding basic requirements. These requirements have now been merged and are all exactly the same, making the integration of different standards a lot easier. The HLS can be seen as the heart and motor of a well-integrated system. The High Level Structure itself will have no impact on the existing ISO 9001 system.

The following 10 chapters are covered by the High Level Structure:

  1. Purpose and scope
  2. Normative references
  3. Terms and definitions
  4. Context of the organization
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Execution
  9. Evaluation of performance
  10. Improvement

What else has changed?

At first glance, there are three elements that could greatly affect your system:

  • Context of the organization – The organization must determine external and internal issues (read: changes and risks) which are relevant to its objective and strategical direction, and that affect its ability to realize the desired result(s) of its quality management system.
  • Risk thinking – This element requires the organization to integrate the identification of chances and risks – that are relevant to the quality management system, the strategy, and the realization of objectives – in its system. These chances and risks may occur externally (the outside world) or internally (within the organization). Monitoring and evaluation of the information regarding these chances and risks is important.
  • Less documentation requirements – No more required fixed procedures in ISO 9001:2015, but nevertheless a demonstrable execution (thus including documented information) of the associated processes.

In addition, several requirements have been accentuated:

  • Leadership and commitment
  • Internal audits and listening to employees
  • Management Review

What does this mean for your existing ISO 9001:2008 certificate?

The transitional period starts in September 2015 and ends in September 2018. After September 2018, certificates based on ISO 9001:2008 will no longer be valid. The IAF (International Accreditation Forum) and ISO commission have prepared the following transitional schedule: As of March 2017, accredited certification may only take place with ISO 9001:2015. Between September 2015 and March 2017, an organization may choose to obtain a new certificate against the old version of the standard. However, the validity of such a certificate expires in September 2018.

What are the benefits of QMS International?

  • QMS International offers the possibility of certification within 45 days;
  • It applies a pragmatic and standards-based approach;
  • An independent and ethical attitude;
  • Qualified auditors for several ISO-standards with excellent knowledge of the industry and standard(s);
  • Non-bureaucratic approach towards our customers;
  • No unexpected costs and delays;
  • Extensive worldwide experience with management systems.

The following EA-codes covered by the DAkkS accreditation:
ISO / IEC 17021: 2015 – ISO 9001 – EA code: 17/2, 18, 28, 29/1, 33, 34/1, 34/1, 35 and 39.