ISO 9001:2008

When you're new to the world of quality management and ISO certification, it's easy to feel a little confused by some of of the associated jargon. For instance, you probably know that ISO 9001 is the globally-recognised standard for quality management systems, but perhaps you've heard people using more complicated-sounding terms like 'ISO 9001:2008' and now you're feeling a bit lost again.

If so, we hope this simple guide makes things a little bit clearer.

ISO 9001 is updated periodically.

The standards collectively known as ISO 9001 are constantly evolving, and as a result, ISO 9001 is overhauled every so often in order to reflect the latest advancements and the current state of the market. Once a new version of ISO 9001 is brought into effect, organisations who were certified under the previous version usually have a few years to transition to the new one.

ISO 9001:2008 is an outdated version of ISO 9001.

ISO 9001:2008 (itself the successor to ISO 9001:2000) was rendered obsolete in September 2015 by the newly-introduced ISO 9001:2015 standard.

  • If you already hold ISO 9001:2008 certification, you have until the end of September 2018 to migrate to ISO 9001:2015.

  • If you do not hold any ISO 9001 certification, there's no need to worry about ISO 9001:2008 - you should focus on getting certified according to the requirements laid out by ISO 9001:2015.

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ISO 9001:2015

The ISO 9001 standard for quality management systems is revised every few years to ensure that it remains fit for purpose and continues to reflect the requirements of the modern marketplace. The current version of the standard, which rolled out in September 2015, is known as ISO 9001:2015.

If your organisation achieved ISO 9001 certification prior to September 2015, you were probably certified under the previous version of the standard, known as ISO 9001:2008. This version is no longer in use, and the deadline to switch over (the end of September 2018) has just passed - so you might be overdue a new ISO 9001 certification.

What are the differences between ISO 9001:2008/2015?

The more recent ISO 9001: 2015 has ten clauses as opposed to the ISO 9001: 2008's eight. The new ISO 9001 aims to add emphasis to the importance of continually improving the processes used within a business. 

ISO 9001: 2008

ISO 9001: 2015

Introduction

Introduction

Scope

Scope

Normative Reference

Normative Reference

Terms and Definitions

Terms and Definitions

Quality Management System

The Context of the Organisation

Management Responsibility

Leadership

Resource Management

Planning

Product Realisation

Support

Measurement, Analysis, Improvement

Operation

 

Performance Evaluation

 

Improvement

 

In the ISO 9001: 2008, customers were treated as the only party of interest, however, the ISO 9001: 2015 takes into consideration others involved e.g. shareholders and suppliers.

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