Best Methods for Transitioning to ISO 9001:2015
You’ve been busy, workloads are up and you are using most of your day just keeping up with normal business activities. You know that management expects you to get your ISO system ready for ISO 9001:2015 transition, but you don’t know where to even begin so you’ve been waiting and working on things that you do know how to do. Each day, the stress and weight of the transition is beginning to grow and take up more of your mindshare.
Now – stop worrying! You need to remember that Platinum Registration is here for you. In fact, we’ve been thinking a lot about you! We want to give you tools to help you work through the process and reduce your stress.
Here are the steps:
- Purchase a copy of the Standard – get it from www.asq.org. Click on Books and Standards. Look for ASQ/ANSI/ISO 9001:2015: QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS – REQUIREMENTS. There are paper and electronic versions. The electronic version will allow you to download the copy straight away.
- Create a checklist using the requirements of the Standard.
- Compare your processes to the requirements of the Standard. Identify gaps and brainstorm on how your organization would like to change or create new processes to address the gaps.
- Work from the standpoint that you are a functioning business and therefore you probably naturally satisfy the requirements for ISO 9001:2015. You just need to be a detective and figure out how it occurs. Ask management how they do things…they probably can tell you how much of their activities are accomplished.
- Set-up systems to assure the communication and repeatability of the processes as described by management. You have a lot of flexibility in documentation for new requirements. Put what you need to have in place for control, but don’t overdo it! Many companies are doing this my modifying existing processes (i.e., management review)
- Check your system using your internal audit system.
- Perform a management review.
- If you are still concerned about your approach, contact us and set-up a pre-assessment. While we can’t consult, we can certainly identify areas of nonconformance and opportunities for improvement.