The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the updated ISO 9001 quality management systems standard on September 23, 2015.

NSF-ISR will be working with each of you (our clients) to ensure a smooth transition to the new international standard for quality management systems. We are committed to ensuring that your organization understands the updated requirements and what steps your organization may need to take to achieve conformance during the three-year transition period.

Key improvements in the 2015 version include:

  • ISO 9001:2015 is now easier to use in conjunction with other management system standards by following an updated, higher level structure.
  • Greater significance has been placed on communication and awareness.
  • Increased importance has been given to risk.
  • Increased emphasis has been placed on leadership.
  • The new standard is less prescriptive than the previous version, instead focusing on performance. This focus is achieved through a combination of risk-based thinking and a process approach, as well as employment of the "plan-do-check-act" cycle at all levels in the organization.

These updates, along with changes to other management systems standards, include implementing similar terminology across all standards and matching sub-clauses to the top-level structure, ensuring fully integrated systems.

NSF-ISR auditors will be provided updated information relating to the new standard and how to best customize your transition for a positive, seamless experience to ISO 9001:2015.

SO 9001:2008 certificates will not be valid after the three-year transition period. Organizations looking for first-time ISO 9001 certification are encouraged to certify to ISO 9001:2015. Existing ISO 9001:2008 users are encouraged to transition early to avoid a bottleneck at the end of the three-year transition period or any unforeseen challenges with maintaining certification.

The updated standard can be purchased through the NSF Bookstore

You can download our information paper or visit our ISO 9001 page for more information.