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New ISO 9001 presents significant change

The impending release of a new version of ISO 9001 always provokes some level of trepidation, but this one in particular, ISO 9001:2015, due out late next year, has really got people on the edge of their seats, itching to know how it will affect their organizations’ operations given the significant changes being made to it.

This revision—currently at draft international standard stage—includes major definitional shifts, and other additions and deletions. In anticipation of the release, QP is geared up to give you all the information you need to be in-the-know and fully prepared.

This month’s issue focuses on standards and auditing, led off by the cover story, "A New Look," which offers 15 key things you need to know now related to the revision. Use this guide as you navigate your way to the eventual release, and prepare your organization for what’s to come.

The word "risk" has been introduced into ISO 9001 in this revision. Author Sandford Liebesman explains how and where in "Brought Into Focus," and provides expert advice for helping your organization identify and mitigate risk. Included are some helpful tools to aid in your efforts.

The Innovation Imperative column, "Embracing Change," delves into how—and where—innovation fits within the standard, and details where it should mesh within specific clauses.

Another area of concern has been the removal of documentation requirements in the drafts of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001; this is addressed in the Standards Outlook column, "Missing in Action."

Looking for a one-stop-shop to learn more and stay informed about the standard’s progression? Visit http://asq.org/standards-iso-9001-2015.html. This content clearinghouse will help keep you up-to-speed with video, articles, webcasts and other resources.

Finally, in August, QP Assistant Editor Amanda Hankel traveled to Washington, D.C., to interview a host of subject matter experts convened for an important standards meeting. She returned with 25 video interviews answering a range of questions about the standard, its development, its influence in industry and other hot topics. Look for portions to roll out in upcoming episodes of ASQ TV and elsewhere.

Seiche Sanders

Seiche Sanders

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