The deadline for certification to the ISO 9001-2015 standard is one year away, but it may be approaching faster than you think. With the prospect of registrars being spread thin, it could be a challenge to bring your QMS up to standard, generate sufficient objective evidence, perform and internal audit and management review, and schedule the registrar for the Phase 1 and Phase 2 audits.
Depending upon the availability of your internal resources, their competence, and the complexity of your QMS, this could take between 4 to 8 months. To help with this, we will provide some insight into the ISO 9001-2015 standard and some basic tools to help fill the gaps between it and its predecessor. If you are currently underway, this may help you identify any potential issues you may encounter with an upcoming registration audit.
Jeff Stevens is a Past Chair for RIASQ. He is presently Project Manager for Polaris MEP and has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing as an engineer, Continuous Improvement Coordinator, and Quality Manager. He has worked in the wire and cable, glass to metal seals, aerosol packaging, urethane molding, jewelry, and stamping industries just to name a few. As a quality manager, Jeff championed the compliance of Management Systems to ISO 9001., Pharmaceutical cGMPs, and TS 16949. He has performed quality management system audits in the US and Europe.