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Handy primer on the ISO 9001 revision

It’s finally here: the release of ISO 9001:2015. For months, many have been anxiously awaiting this moment and all of the changes that come with it. And though the wait is over, now the clock starts ticking—organizations have three years to transition their quality management systems (QMS) to the new edition of the standard.

The transition raises many questions, such as: What is the new clause structure and why? What does it mean to understand your organization’s context? And how does your QMS address risk-based thinking?

Let us help. QP has been covering the revision process and providing information to help you prepare all along. With the standard’s release, we went all out to assemble the best "how-to" guide available. In "Keep Calm and Prepare for ISO 9001:2015" eight key experts weigh in on what you need to know about transitioning to the standard right now. Share this article with your colleagues, teams and bosses. The standard may just now be final, but this is when the real work begins.

This month’s Expert Answers department addresses some other important questions many have about getting started with ISO 9001 and hiring a consultant or registrar to transition to the standard.

Also, could your audit program stand to improve? Read "Amazing Audits" for some helpful tricks and tools to improve your audits using the Kano model. An evaluation form is provided to produce a ranking that is incorporated into the Kano model and used to improve internal audit performance.

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Seiche Sanders

Seiche Sanders

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