ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001: 2015 – the transition deadline is looming

ISOs are updated from time to time and to give companies and organisations chance to ‘upgrade’, there is a span of time between the current standard and the new one. In 2018, there is a deadline for two ISO ‘upgrades’ – the environmental management ISO 14001:2015 and the quality management system standard, ISO 9001: 2015.

The changes to both ISOs were published in 2015, hence the date attached to them, but organisations and businesses with the accreditation have three years to move to the new standard. This means making changes, although these can be relatively minor. But is there a lot of work entailed? And is it worth transitioning?

ISO 14001:2015

The environmental management system standard was created to answer the need for industry to be environmentally responsible and to do this in a way that truly benefitted the planet, stakeholders and so on.

There were several changes made to the 2015 standard, some small modifications such as tweaks to internal audits and environmental policies, to bigger changes such as document changes and the risk and opportunities posed to companies.

The 2015 standard of this important ISO brings about more involvement from senior management of an organisation, as well as better integration with other business activities.

Is there enough time left before the September 2018 deadline? If you currently have the ISO 14001:2004, yes there is time to ‘upgrade’. And the team at Synergos can help!

Did you know…?

ISO 14001:2015 is a popular standard, with nearly 350,000 certificates issued to companies successfully meeting its criteria in 2014.

ISO 9001:2015

This standard has many noticeable changes from its 2008 predecessor. It has a new structure, as it now follows the same structure applied to other ISO management system standards – known as a High-Level Structure. This means there is now cohesion and similarity between this and other management standards.

Another difference is the focus on risk-based thinking: it has always been a part of the standard, but the 2015 version demands more prominence.

Revised to meet the constantly changing business world, the ISO body itself has suggested ways in which a business can look to take the step up from the 2008 version to the 2015 standard.

  • Familiarise yourself with the new standard documents – many things have stayed the same, but there are important changes. We can examine the correlation matrix and other documentation with you.
  • Identify gaps – how well do you meet these changes? What do you need to add or remove?
  • Develop an implementation plan – the team at Synergos Consultancy can help you with this step, an increasingly important one now that there are only a few months to the September 2018 transition.
  • Training and awareness – interested parties need to understand what has changed
  • Update quality management systems – essential for ensuring that your systems meet the revised requirements

Both standards are important to your business and whether you have the older version of one or the other, it is important that you make the transition before September 2018 because there is far less work involved by doing this than starting all over again…

How can we help you?

If you’re in need of assistance with any aspect of ISO or GDPR compliance, here at Synergos we’d be delighted to help. Whether you have questions about the path to compliance or are looking for advice and support to maintain compliance, call 01484 817 444 or Email and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you.

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Jenny Kilburn
Jenny Kilburn
Completed my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2012 I was looking to start my own business. With over 10 years improving and streamlining business systems, I grasped an opportunity to assist a local business to improve their quality and communication processes by researching the requirements of a quality management system based upon ISO 9001 and conducted my first internal audit that resulted in 97 improvement recommendations. After a successful outcome, I was recommended again and again with glowing reviews and in February 2014, Synergos Consultancy was born. I now have the role of regularly reviewing and planning the strategic direction of the business to ensure that Synergos continues to develop, whilst at the same time, still actively working closely with some of our clients. In my spare time I love to attend the theatre to watch musicals, dance productions and plays. In 2019, I attended the theatre a whopping 24 times. I follow a plant-based diet which I absolutely love. A keen tick-tock follower, I have picked up a lot of interesting recipes. A firm favourite is Brussel sprouts and sriracha sauce baked in the oven. Delicious!
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