ISO certification advice in East Anglia and beyond
ISO certification is Changing
What is Annex SL and why is it going to have such a dramatic effect on ISO certification?
Annex SL has a new ‘high level structure, identical core text and common terms and core definitions'. It has a common 10-clause structure that all Management System Standards (MSSs) will follow in future revisions.
This change will make the contents between standards easier to blend for companies seeking certification to more than one standard (e.g. ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 etc.) because they will all follow a common outline or ‘structure'.
In addition, some of the shared requirements and terminology will be identical (e.g. document control, management review, internal auditing, corrective action, etc.). For those companies seeking multiple certifications this change will be very welcome. For the rest of us, we will have to get used to it.
What stage are we at now?
The revised standards ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 were published in September, with minor modifications to the published drafts.
What you should do now?
If your organisation already has certification/s you will have up to three years to update your systems to meet the new version/s. It all depends when your next recertification audit/s are due. It is at this point that, assuming you pass, you will be able to announce that you have achieved certification to the new standard/s.
We recommend that you do a clause by clause gap analysis to identify what needs to change in your systems. This is not just simply re-arranging the clauses for new numbering, there are major changes that will affect Top Management as they will be expected to carry out activities that may have been previously given to a lower level manager.
If that seems too daunting and time consuming, we can support you through this. This may be more economic for you as we are already doing this for many clients. Contact us
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