Considered to be the world’s most popular standard for quality management, the updated standard will ensure quality management is now completely integrated and aligned with the business strategies of the organisation. The new standard also now requires top management to have a greater involvement in the management system to ensure the whole organisation is motivated towards achieving the business’ goals and objectives.
The ISO9001 certification reinforces the use of the management system as a governance tool, helping identify business opportunities that contribute to bottom line improvements.
The transition process began in June 2016, when we started preparations to upgrade our Quality Management System from ISO9001:2008 to the latest edition ISO9001:2015. During the latest BSI surveillance audit, which took place last week, the auditor recommended that the transition process was successfully applied and Hydralectric will be receiving the new ISO9001:2015 certificate. Tomasz Bielang, Hydralectric’s Quality and Compliance Manager who oversaw the audit, attributed the successful transition “to the team effort and individual’s commitment and willingness to support the Company goal. Simultaneous cross-functional transition was a key.”
Managing Director, Simon Willis, added “Hydralectric prides itself on the highest level of quality across the whole business and receiving a great result during our recent audit helps to reaffirm that. Very importantly, we don’t put the results away in a pretty folder but live and breathe them in everything we do, every day.”
About ISO9001: 2015
The new BSI standard is based on Annex SL – the new high level structure (HLS). This helps to keep consistency, alignment different management system standards, offer matching sub-clauses against the top-level structure and apply common language across all standards.
The key changes in the standard are:
- The emphasis on leadership
- The focus on risk management
- Emphasis on objectives measurement and change
- Communication and awareness
- Fewer prescriptive requirements
All organisations currently certified to ISO 9001:2008 will need to transition to the new requirements by September 2018.
Read more about the ISO9001:2015 standard on the BSI website here.