ISO 9001 is a term in the Quality Glossary

ISO 9001 is an international standard that says what a quality management system needs to do (QMS). Organizations use the standard to show that they can consistently provide customers and regulators with products and services that meet their needs. It is the most well-known standard in the ISO 9000 series, and it is also the only one that organizations can get certified.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which is made up of the national standards bodies of more than 160 countries, published ISO 9001 for the first time in 1987. In September 2015, the latest version of ISO 9001 came out.

ISO 9001:2015 can be used by any organization, no matter how big or small it is or what it does. The ISO 9001 standard has been used by more than a million organizations in more than 160 countries to improve their quality management systems.

Using the ISO 9001 standard helps organizations of all shapes and sizes:

◉ Organize processes
◉ Make things run more smoothly
◉ Continually improve

All organizations that use ISO 9001 are urged to switch as soon as possible to ISO 9001:2015. This includes not only organizations that are ISO 9001:2008 certified, but also organizations that train or certify others.

Organizations that are already registered to ISO 9001:2008 should have switched to the 2015 standard by September 14, 2018.

What does ISO 9001:2015 talk about?

ISO 9001 is based on the plan-do-check-act method and offers a process-oriented way to document and review an organization’s structure, responsibilities, and procedures in order to manage quality well. Certain parts of the standard have information about many things, like:

◉ Requirements for a QMS, such as having information written down, planning, and figuring out how processes interact.

◉ Responsibilities of management.

◉ Management of resources, such as human resources and the work environment of an organization.

◉ Realizing a product includes all of the steps from design to delivery.

◉ The QMS is measured, analyzed, and made better through things like internal audits and corrective and preventive action.

With the 2015 update to ISO 9001, changes were made to make sure that the standard keeps adapting to the changing environments in which organizations work. Some of the most important changes to ISO 9001:2015 are:

◉ Adding new words to the language.
◉ Changing the order of some of the information.
◉ A focus on risk-based thinking to improve how the process approach is used.
◉ Services that are easier to use.
◉ More is expected from leaders.

What do I need to do to start using ISO 9001:2015?

The first thing you need to do is buy a copy of ISO 9001:2015. This is true whether you are just starting out with ISO 9001 or moving to the 2015 version.

Organizations that are already registered to ISO 9001:2008 should have switched to the 2015 standard by September 14, 2018.

Versions of ISO 9001 that came before

ISO 9001 was first published in 1987, but it was changed in 1994, 2000, and again in 2008. The most recent change came out in September 2015.

◉ Changes were made to ISO 9001:1994 to improve the control of design and development clause and to make other things more clear. The 1994 series also changed a little bit how ISO 9002 and 9003 work.

◉ The goal of the ISO 9001:2008 revision was to clear up problems that came up when ISO 9001:2000 was used.

What Benefits Does ISO 9001 Have?

ISO 9001 helps companies make sure that their customers always get high-quality products and services. This has many benefits, such as making customers, management, and employees happy.

Because ISO 9001 spells out what makes a good quality management system, businesses find that using it helps them:

◉ Organize a QMS.
◉ Make customers, management, and workers happy.
◉ Continually improve their processes.
◉ Save costs.

ISO 9001 Certification

The only standard in the ISO 9000 series that organizations can get certified to is ISO 9001. When an organization gets ISO 9001:2015 certification, it has shown the following:

◉ Uses the ISO 9001 standard as a guide.
◉ Fulfills its own requirements.
◉ Meets the needs of the customer as well as legal and regulatory requirements.
◉ Maintains documentation.

Certification to the ISO 9001 standard can boost a company’s credibility by showing customers that its products and services meet their needs. In some situations or fields, certification is required or even required by law. Implementing the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 and then having a registrar’s audit show that the organization meets those requirements are both parts of the certification process.

As organizations start to get ready for ISO 9001 quality management system certification, they should think about the following:

◉ Costs charged by the registrar for ISO 9001 registration, monitoring, and re-certification audits.

◉ How well we meet ISO 9001 requirements right now.

◉ How much money and time the company will put into developing and implementing this project.

◉ How much help will be needed from a consultant and how much it will cost.

ISO 9001 Standard Training

Training can give you a chance to look over the ISO 9001:2015 standard and put quality management ideas to use in a real-world setting.

Professionals who are in charge of creating, implementing, auditing, and managing an ISO quality management system or quality professionals who want to update their documented ISO 9001-based QMS can take ISO 9000 training courses, which include courses on ISO 9001 and quality management systems. ISO 9000 training is also useful for organizations that want to improve employee performance and for employees who want to keep getting better.

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