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Time is running out to get ISO 9001:2015 certified

Just nine months remain until the deadline to certify to the ISO 9001:2015 quality management standard, and much like the months leading up to the birth of a baby, it is a time rife with worry, confusion, research, planning and probably some notable discomfort. After the certification deadline arrives in mid-September, ISO 9001:2008 certificates will no longer be valid, and life begins anew.

In advance of the standard’s release, and leading up to today, QP has worked to provide information and resources to help ease the transition. This month, we help you with a final check on where you are in the process, and we provide you a summary of the many valuable resources you can find available from ASQ: online, in video and in print, and in person.

Perhaps you are well on your way or already certified to the standard. If so, congratulations! For those who still have work to do, read "Ready or Not" Author Govind Ramu’s message is clear: Don’t delay another minute. Many certification bodies won’t conduct transition audits after May, so the time is now to get one scheduled so there is time to complete any post-audit work. 

"Under the Wire" details the seven quality management principles ISO 9001:2015 is built around and also provides some useful tips on how to get prepared for certification, the importance of finding the right registrar and consultant, and other tips for successful implementation.

Many are racing to the finish line with ISO 9001, but after the dust clears, you may want to spend some time thinking about "Why?" Are standards really a driving force in quality improvement? "No Joking Matter," details the results of a study on management systems standards and their overall impact on organizations’ performance.

Finally, I mentioned ASQ’s many resources to help you through your ISO 9001 transition journey. We made it easy for you to access them by listing them all in one place. Turn to "The Clock Is Ticking."

Seiche Sanders

Seiche Sanders

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