What is ISO 9001?
ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organisations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. It is the most popular standard in the ISO 9000 series and the only standard in the series to which organisations can certify.
ISO 9001 was first published in 1987 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an international agency composed of the national standards bodies of more than 160 countries. The current version of ISO 9001 was released in September 2015.
Should I get certified?
Certification to ISO 9001 is not a requirement and you can use the standard to improve the way you work without being certified. However, third-party certification – when an independent certification body audits your practices against the requirements of the standard – is a way of signalling to your buyers, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders that you have implemented the standard properly. For some companies, however, third-party certification may be a requirement.
Read more: Benefits of ISO 9001
Who should use the ISO 9001:2015 – quality management systems revision?
ISO 9001:2015 applies to any organisation, regardless of size or industry. More than one million organisations from more than 160 countries have applied the ISO 9001 standard requirements to their quality management systems.
Organisations of all types and sizes find that using the ISO 9001 standard helps them:
Don’t lose your ISO 9001 Certification – Moving to ISO 9001:2015
All organisations that use ISO 9001 need to move to ISO 9001:2015. Organisations need to get certified to the new ISO standard by 14 September 2018, but they need to be audited by 31 July 2018 to meet this deadline. Otherwise they will lose their ISO Certification.
Read more about getting certified to ISO 9001:2015: Transition to ISO 9001:2015