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SGS Releases Benefits of the New ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 Management Systems Standards

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 are the world’s most commonly used standards for quality management and environmental management systems.

Geneva, Switzerland, January 11, 2018 --( With the deadline of the new versions being implemented in 2018, what are the benefits and how can you transition with ease?

Globally, over 1.1 million ISO 9001 certificates have been issued for "Quality Management," and nearly 350,000 ISO 14001 certificates for "Environmental Management." These are, by far, the most commonly used management system standards in the world. ISO 9001 currently represents 67%, and ISO 14001 21%, of all ISO management systems certificates.

Both standards were revised in September 2015. These updated versions of the standards more closely resemble modern business language and practice, reflecting both the current business environment and the needs of the user. The deadline for implementation of the new standards is September 14, 2018.

By updating ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, businesses will see several advantages to the 2015 iterations. These include:

- Greater emphasis on top management engagement and improved alignment between management systems and the strategic direction of the organization.

- The adoption of Risk Based Thinking, giving opportunities to differentiate between the various processes based on their level of importance and impact on delivering conforming products/services.

- Widening the concept of customers to include (in addition to the contractual customers) end-users, consumers, regulatory bodies, etc.

- Adopting High-Level Structure (Annex SL), facilitating the harmonization and integration of different management system standards

- Lessening the requirements for documentation, enabling organizations to decide on what matters most to its operation and how to manage and control it in an era where automation and smart systems play an increasing role in management

Achieving Smooth Transition?
For SGS, the key to a smooth transition will be the identification of differences between current ISO standards and the 2015 versions. Gap analysis by a certification specialist, like SGS, will help to identify which areas need improvement, helping companies draw up a realistic plan for implementation.

Working with businesses already accredited to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, we have seen the benefits of early adoption. For companies not yet certified to latest versions of these standards, transition must be completed by September 14, 2018.

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For more information, contact:
Magd Hendy
Transition Task Force Leader, Global Training Manager
t: +202 27263053

About SGS
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