Q: What are the main differences between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 for each of the clauses?

A: Please see our What’s New in ISO 9001:2015 page.

Q: What will be the effect of the new version on companies with quality management systems that are currently implemented and certified to QMS 9001:2008?

A: This will vary from organisation to organisation in terms of how much change will be needed. There is a three-year transition period for certified organisations.

Q: I’m currently implementing/considering certification to ISO 9001, what should I do?

A: Continue as planned – you still have a full 3 years to transition to the new standard from September 2015. We would recommend familiarizing yourself with the new high level structure so that you can keep this in mind when you are building your system.

Q: I have an integrated system including ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001, how will the changes to ISO 9001 and these standards affect my system and transition?

A: The changes to all three standards will make system integration much easier as there is greater alignment between the documents. However as they have different projected publication dates and transitions you will need to plan your transitions carefully to retain certification on each. Talk to your IMSM Area Manager who will help you plan this process.

Q: What are IMSM’s plans for informing and assisting their client’s transition to the new version of the standard?

A: IMSM are pleased to offer a number of support packages to new and existing clients, for more information please contact our transition team, 01793 421 208 or enquiries@imsm.com