The draft of the new ISO 9001:2015 is now available for purchase online from ISO.org at a charge of 58 Swiss Francs (approximately $65). It represents the first update to the standard since 2008, but is actually a major overhaul that is designed to take into account technological advancements as well as the ISO’s increased efforts to make all of their standards more uniform in approach and application.
Each time a standard gets updated it provides a new opportunity for companies to differentiate themselves from the competition. After all, the primary goal of ISO 9001 certification is to assure your customers that you have implemented systems which insure that the products or services you deliver are exactly what is expected – nothing more and nothing less.
Some companies will choose to wait to get certified to the new standard. During that time, those companies who do immediately upgrade will have a slight competitive advantage which could lead to opportunities to win clients from lagging competitors. As always, Standard Flags will be ready, when the standard comes out, with specially designed flags, banners and logos that will help early adopters stand out.
In the meantime, here’s a video update about the new standard and the coming changes from one of the authors of the new standard – Nigel Croft, Chair of the ISO subcommittee responsible for ISO 9001. It’s an easy watch and will give you a good overall summary of progress on the new standard. (A summary of what’s new in the revision starts around 14:15.)
What does this mean for you?
If your company is currently ISO 9001:2008 Certified, now is a good time to start thinking about updating to the new standard once the final revision is published. It is important to note, however, that ISO 9001:2008 will still be a valid standard for years to come. That means that if you choose not to upgrade immediately, you can still fly ISO 9001:2008 flags and banners for as long as you want. Just keep in mind that, as mentioned above, early adopters will enjoy a temporary competitive advantage by updating right away.
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