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overwhelmed if most organizations postpone the transition until year three. This
may cause problems such as being unable
to accommodate desired audit dates or
secure auditors with relevant skills.
This becomes even more challenging
if organizations have integrated management systems. Because auditors with
qualifications for several management
systems are limited in any CB, planning
your transition audit with sufficient

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

notice is important to ensure auditor
availability. Communicate with your CB,

Similarly, your external providers-that

performance reviews with suppliers also

and confirm the availability of dates and

is, suppliers, subcontractors, contract

are opportunities to discuss their plans

auditors for audit locations.

manufacturers and outsourced service

and progress.
Your organization's employees

For some organizations, ISO 9001

providers-also may be required to tran-

can be a contractual requirement. Being

sition to the new standard if it's an expec-

should be made aware of the transition.

unable to transition by the deadline not

tation in your organization's purchasing

Consistent communication is impor-

only means a discontinuation of the reg-

conditions.

tant to maintain interest and gain their

istration, but also a violation of existing
customer contracts.
It's important to share your organization's transition plans with customers.

Periodically enquiring about the

support.6 A program manager-for a

transition plan and status with the

large organization, typically a head the

external providers will maintain healthy

global QMS-could periodically publish

visibility. Quality audits and quarterly

a newsletter that covers the standard
and provides easy-to-understand

ISO 9001:2015 transition strategy
Planning
Purchase a copy of ISO
9000 and 9001:2015.
Register the external
document in the system.

Read and understand
transition guidance
documents from ISO TC
176/SC2 website, ASQ's ISO
9001 knowledge center site
and your certification body.

Compare the changes to
ISO 9001:2008 and develop
key list of major changes.
Review impact assessment
with management team;
plan transition timeline.

Communication
Let your registrar know
that your organization is
planning this transition;
obtain transition
audit timeline.
If ISO 9001 is contractually
required by your
customers, notify them
about your transition plan.
Let your supplier quality
function inquire about your
key supplier's transition
plan during periodic audits.
Publish a newsletter
for employees' general
awareness of the ISO
9001 revision and
implementation plan.

ISO = International Organization for Standardization 
TC = technical committee  SC = subcommittee

examples that explain topics in the

/ FIGURE 1

Execution
Conduct training with your
internal auditors based on
the released standard.
Conduct a detailed
gap analysis; inform
management of any new
effects this may cause.
Address changes to
processes, documentation,
infrastructure and
operating environments.
Conduct internal audits
based on new standard;
verify implementation
effectiveness; finalize
external audit.
Conduct a management
review and obtain feedback
from management.

revised standard, such as context of
the organization, interested parties and
requirements, risk-based thinking and
organizational knowledge. For organizations that are small or medium-sized, the
quality manager typically manages the
transition.
My organization created a one-page
handout that included key information
with regard to the revised standard's policies, objectives and audits. This also addressed the requirement from subclause
7.3 (awareness), which states:
The organization shall ensure that
persons doing work under the organization's control are aware of: the quality
policy; relevant quality objectives; their
contribution to the effectiveness of the
quality management system, including
the benefits of improved performance;
the implications of not conforming
with the quality management system
requirements.7

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