Transition to Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015

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A Quality Management System is what ensures a business' products or services meet a certain level of quality; that is, they are reliable, safe, consistent, meet customer expectations, continuously improve and comply with the law.

The ISO 9001 Quality Management System - Requirements Standard has been updated to meet current market practices and was released in September 2015. The purpose of ISO 9001 is to provide organisations with a foundation upon which to build sound business practices and processes. These requirements help you bring discipline and consistency to your organisation's operating processes.


What are the changes?

ISO 9001:2015 significantly differs from the 2008 edition, with: 

  • A stronger focus on risk management and customer satisfaction
  • More emphasis on leadership and commitment
  • Fewer prescriptive requirements
  • More requirements on communication and strategic alignment
  • Formal introduction of 'interested parties'

Download ISO's Introduction to Risk-based Thinking for ISO 9001

Of importance is the addition of the new “Annex SL” platform (replacing the ISO Guide 83). This platform brings together a common framework for a number of management system standards, ensuring consistency and making the standards easier to read and implement. More comprehensive information on the changes can be found in the documents linked below.

Download ISO 9001:2015 Whitepaper on key changes

Download ISO 9001:2015 Frequently Asked Questions

Download Matrix ISO 9001 2008 & 2015

Download ISO 9001:2015 Benefits Whitepaper

Download ISO 9001:2015 Executive Briefing


When & How to Transition

If you are currently certified to ISO 9001, it is time to consider your transition plan.


First Step

Start by getting a copy of the ISO 9001:2015 and familiarising yourself with the content. The introduction in the Standard offers some valuable guidance on the driving concepts of the Standard.

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Information Gaps and Transition Training

Next, start to look at the gaps between your current quality management system and the new framework within ISO 9001:2015.
We can help. SAI Global has a Gap Analysis service to guide with this stage of the transition process.

Transition Training

SAI Global are holding one-day transition course workshops that provide information on and interpretation of the requirements of ISO 9001:2015. Gain an introduction to the changes in the new release and how these could affect your organisation. The course will also explore how to best approach the transition including guidance on an implementation plan for a smooth transition.

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Share Learnings and Further Education

Content on this webpage along with your Training Materials can help you to inform key staff and Management of the changes. You can also develop your implementation plan from the template in the Transition Training, and use the timeline image as a guide.

Download the Self-assessment Checklist for the ISO 9001 Transition

SAI Global also provides Foundation Training for people who have an existing basic knowledge of, or experience in quality management, offering advanced insight into the management system's approach and the requirements of ISO 9001: 2015. This is available in public training courses, as in house training for your staff and as flexible online training.

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Implementing the Revised Standard

When looking to implement ISO 9001:2015, SAI Global also provides Implementation Training that helps you to build the practical skills and knowledge needed to develop a Quality Management System (QMS). Training is available in public training courses or as in house training for your staff.

Find out more about training for Implementing a Quality Management System

We are a global organisation who know and understand the importance and changes of the new ISO standards. We are a trusted partner to many organisations on ISO standards and we are working with them to transition to the new standards. We are ready to take your organisation on the transition journey.


Transitioning Certification

From the release of ISO 9001:2015 in September 2015, your organisation  has three years to transition their certification over to the new edition. If you are currently certified to ISO 9001:2008, the following whitepapers will help give you answers to some of the questions you may be having, and we will work with you to ensure that transition process works effectively.

Download ISO 9001 - What Does It Mean For Me?

ISO 9001:2015 - Transitioning Certification - What are the options?

Considering transferring your certification to SAI Global?

If you are currently certified with another certifying  body and would like to find out how you can achieve certification and gain the ability to licence the “Standards Mark”  ™ 5 Ticks , then please speak to us. 

We will make the transfer to SAI Global and transition to ISO 9001:2015 easy for you.

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Internal Auditing

SAI Global provides training for internal auditors which focuses on the theoretical aspects of ISO 9001 and includes practical applications for internal auditing processes which are suited to all management systems (including industry and best practice models). In October 2015, SAI Global became one of the first to receive Exemplar Global Certification to the ISO9001:2015 Standard for the Exemplar Global QM competency unit. This course covers:

  • Defining an internal audit
  • Identifying qualifications for auditors
  • Scheduling, planning, preparing and carrying out an internal audit
  • Reporting audit results
  • Conducting follow-up audit activities.

Find out more about Internal Auditor Training

Managing the Quality Management System Ongoing

In order to ensure that your Quality Management System is managed effectively ongoing, we provide software
that streamlines governance, risk, compliance and internal audit process for organisations of all sizes and geographic diversity. Comprised of a highly configurable set of modules, the software helps identify gaps and risks, eliminate duplicate effort and easily maintain the records needed to demonstrate control of compliance, risk and audit programs.

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