ISO 9001 is a global standard that discusses requirements for quality management systems, and organizations make use of this in order to improve their performance, product quality and customer satisfaction. The standard is constantly revised in order to keep up with the times and to improve organizations further.
ISO 9001:2015 continues to undergo the revision process, and while it is not quite there yet in terms of replacing the existing standard, it is still on schedule to be released before the end of 2015. Organizations don’t have to make drastic changes right now, but small changes here and there can help when the new standard finally gets here.
The close resemblance of the new QMS standard to lean practices reveals that organizations that want to pass the 9001:2015 ISO registration requirements can look into building lean right into their QMS. Admittedly, this may not be an ideal solution for every company, but it does present a viable option that also brings several other benefits to the table with it.
Aside from making meeting compliance with a certified ISO 9001 registrar, like International Standards Authority, easier, lean’s focus on waste reduction at every level of the business ultimately benefits companies’ bottom lines. Also, by defining the value of their products and services against what a customer is willing to pay for, organizations can maintain a customer-focused perspective for less work, and without detracting from the quality of their product.