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.
When applied in this way, the 9001 ISO requirements stop being a burden to businesses, and instead become a game plan for success. It also makes the certification process go more smoothly, because companies no longer need to “invent” the paperwork needed to show compliance when certification companies like International Standard Authority come over to assess them. Instead, that documentation, which is created as part of day-to-day business activities, can readily be sourced as soon as it is needed.
The benefits of intrinsically integrating 9001 standards into the organization are clear. What remains is for organizations to take a serious look at these benefits and ask themselves, “Do we really want to improve our business and the quality of our end products?” and “Do we want to find areas for improvement that will result in better performance and allow us to dominate our competition?”