ISO9001:2008 is coming to an end in September 2018.   It is about time now to plan and get your organization moving toward getting itself certified to ISO9001:2015 if you had not done so.

From my experience as a consultant and an auditor I had found that the rush to be certified happens in the last six months before the deadline.  The rush can be overwhelming and you could find yourself in a worst situation if you are unable to engage a certification body to audit your organization before the deadline.

Hence, it a good time to begin now and plan to have your organization ready for the certification audit by April 2018.

If you are already certified to ISO9001:2008 it would be an easier task to upgrade to ISO9001:2015.   A major change is the requirement of establishing risk management processes in your organization.   Another major change is the loosening on the requirement of mandatory documentations.   A Quality Manual is now not mandatory.

It would also be a good time for ISO9001:2008 certified organization to combine and ‘do away’ with document procedures that are not required by the ISO9001:2015 and found to be non-value add to the organization.



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