BSI has become the first certification body (registrar) to receive official global ISO 9001:2015 accreditation status from the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) for the new quality management system standard.
To gain ISO 9001:2015 accreditation status, BSI’s transition process and auditor training to the new standard have been independently assessed to ensure it operates at the highest level of quality and service. This provides assurance to clients that the certificates issued to them, once the new standard is published, are both credible and impartial. BSI is now able to start carrying out audits to the new version of the standard, meaning organizations can begin their transition process.
The new ISO 9001:2015 has been revised to take into account today’s dynamic and globally interconnected world. Some of the key changes include:
- Greater emphasis on building a management system suited to each organization’s particular needs
- A requirement that those at the top of an organization be involved and accountable, aligning quality with wider business strategy
- Risk-based thinking throughout the standard makes the whole management system a preventive tool and encourages continuous improvement
- Less prescriptive requirements for documentation: the organization can now decide what documented information it needs and what format it should be in
- Alignment with other key management system standards through the use of a common structure and core text
“ISO 9001 is the world’s most popular management system standard,” says Todd VanderVen, president, BSI Americas. “Being the first certification body to attain accreditation is a testament to the investment we have made in training our auditors and allows BSI to help our clients transition to the new standard, thereby embedding the latest best practice into their organizations and enabling them to take advantage of the additional benefits as early as possible.”
It’s important to note that the ISO 9001:2015 has not yet been published. Publication of the standard will occur after the balloting process currently underway globally. If the ballot is positive, which is widely expected, the standard should be published in late September 2015. No accredited certificates can be issued until publication of the final standard.
For more information, visit www.bsi.com. For more information on ISO 9001:2015, see our frequently asked questions here. For more information on how standards are revised, see our ISO standards revision article here.
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