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STANDARDS OUTLOOK

BY GOVIND RAMU

Ready, Set, Transition
Effective ISO 9001:2015 transitioning strategies
MY ORGANIZATION transitioned

As the standard evolved and reached

similar guidelines as well as a transition

to ISO 9001:2015 early, and it wasn't a

the final draft stage, we continued our

checklist. Attending transition training

spontaneous decision. It was based on

discussion specifically about the new re-

also is helpful for employees.

carefully structured and planned program

quirements. The transition strategy illus-

management.

trated in Figure 1 is a high-level summary

tion team created a list of ISO 9001:2015

With the CB's guidelines, our transi-

Ten of our sites were registered to

of our program, which included three

changes compared against the 2008

ISO 9001:2008 and seven had integrated

main areas-planning, communication

version. While information about major

three management systems (ISO 9001,

and execution. A more comprehensive

changes is available on ASQ and ISO

ISO 14001 and Occupational Health

Gantt chart was developed to manage the

websites, it was a good exercise for team

and Safety Assessment Series 18001).

overall global transition.

members to do it themselves because it
gave them an appreciation of the changes.

Luckily, as a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the International

Planning

As a team, you should perform an initial

Organization for Standardization (ISO), I

An organization's planning starts by

impact assessment of your existing man-

had an advantage from my participation

purchasing ISO 9000 and ISO 9001, and

agement system compared with the 2015

in standards development going back to

registering those standards as external

revision's changes.

when these standards were in the com-

documents within the quality manage-

mittee draft stage.

ment system (QMS).1, 2 It's important

and their effects on the organization,

After you've prepared a list of changes

to understand both standards before

it's time to share the outcome with your

tion team consisting of quality managers

making improvements to the QMS. ASQ's

management team. Depending on what

from several global sites and started

Knowledge Center and the ISO website

the assessment reveals with regard to

discussing high-level changes from ISO

have several free resources on ISO 9000

required changes and improvements,

9001:2015 as part of the monthly global

and ISO 9001.

prepare a timeline to management that

My organization put together a transi-

QMS meeting agenda, which kept the

3, 4

My organization's certification body

explains when the transition can be com-

developments in the standard visible even

(CB) developed interpretation guidelines

pleted and the organization registered

before it was released.

for the standard, and your CB can provide

to the new standard. Obtain a commitment from management to sign off on
the required resources and infrastructure
improvements that will make the transition possible.

Communication
Organizations have until September
2018 to transition to ISO 9001:2015,5 but
you don't want to procrastinate until
the three-year mark. Things can come
up, such as unexpected organizational
changes, a change in management or
ownership, shifting market dynamics, and
new priorities that stretch resources and
make it challenging to transition by the
deadline.
Externally, CBs become extremely

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