ISO Standards Update Information

  • Overview
  • ISO 9001:2015
  • ISO 14001:2015
  • AS9100:2016
  • ISO 45001
  • IATF 16949:2016
  • ISO 13485
  • RC14001

ISO standards are reviewed every five years to determine if a revision is required to keep the standards current and relevant. As ISO standards are updated, they are designed to follow a new, higher-level structure called Annex SL, which allows for easier integration of multiple management system standards.

ISO's flagship quality management systems standard, ISO 9001, was published in September 2015 after over three years of work by experts from nearly 95 participating and observing countries. This revision set into motion a series of cascading revisions to many other management system standards.

NSF-ISR is a leader in management systems registrations and can provide the latest information to clients on updates to the standards. We work with clients to ensure they fully understand the requirements and timing of standard changes. Whether your organization is transitioning to an updated version of a standard or implementing a management system for the first time, we are here to help. NSF-ISR is your partner in simplifying the approach to implementing management systems standards.

Use the tabs at left to access the latest information and resources.

To see the transition timing for all of the standards, download our standards transition timeline.

ISO 9001:2015

Published on September 15, 2015, ISO 9001:2015 brings the standard up to date with changes in technology, the workforce and the world since the last major revision 15 years ago. The standard can be purchased through the NSF Bookstore.

The new version of the quality management standard follows an updated, higher-level structure that allows it to be more easily used in conjunction with other management system standards. Additionally, more emphasis is placed on risk in this version of the standard. 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.

Below are summaries and links to the ISO 9001:2015 transition tools:

Readiness Assessment Tool

The Readiness Assessment Tool helps organizations determine their readiness for transitioning to ISO 9001:2015. We recognize that there are many levels of readiness, and this tool is meant to help you determine your next steps on the journey to full compliance with the new standard. It is our hope that you can use the results from the readiness assessment to improve your quality management systems. START NOW

Transition Guide

Use our guide to the ISO 9001:2015 transition to identify areas of the standard that have been updated and the major themes of the standard. DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE

On-Demand Webinars

NSF-ISR has on-demand webinars available to guide you through the changes from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015. DOWNLOAD THE WEBINARS

ISO 9001:2015 Upgrade Planner and Delta Checklist

Prior to an off-site review, on-site gap analysis or upgrade audit, we recommend that you complete the ISO 9001:2015 upgrade planner and delta checklist. DOWNLOAD THE PLANNER AND CHECKLIST

Top Management Letter

The new standard requires your organization’s top management involvement to further enhance your organizations policies, as well as to provide a framework and guidance to personnel assigned to manage the quality management system. We have developed a letter that can be used to help explain these new requirements to your top management team. DOWNLOAD THE LETTER

Risk-based Thinking White Paper

Risk-based thinking has become a requirement for compliance in ISO 9001:2015. If your organization is struggling with the concept of risk-based thinking and which approach, or approaches, are best, this white paper can help. Download the white paper

Top Reasons Not to Wait to Transition

Existing ISO 9001 and 14001 certificates must be transitioned by September 2018, but there are reasons to transfer before the deadline. In addition to the peace-of-mind that comes with successfully completing your transition, there are a number of other benefits. Read More

For more information, visit our ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems Certification webpage.

ISO 14001:2015

Published on September 15, 2015, ISO 14001:2015 has an emphasis on improvements to reflect the latest industry trends. The standard is available from the NSF Bookstore.

Key improvements in the 2015 version include:

  • A greater commitment from leadership
  • An increased alignment with strategic direction
  • Greater protection for the environment, with a focus on proactive initiatives
  • More effective communication, driven through a communications strategy
  • Life-cycle thinking, considering each stage of a product or service, from development to end of life
  • More emphasis on environmental performance and measurement

In order to help organizations transition to ISO 14001:2015, NSF-ISR has developed a number of resources to simplify the process:

Readiness Assessment Tool

The Readiness Assessment Tool helps organizations determine their readiness for transitioning to ISO 14001:2015. We recognize that there are many levels of readiness, and this tool is meant to help you figure out your next steps on the journey to full compliance with the new standard. It is our hope that you can use the results from the readiness assessment to improve your environmental management systems. START NOW

On-Demand Webinars

NSF-ISR has hosted a number of webinars aimed at making the transition to the revised standard simpler. You can download the entire series of webinars on demand at no cost. DOWNLOAD THE WEBINARS

ISO 14001:2015 Upgrade Planner and Delta Checklist

NSF-ISR has developed an exclusive document that captures areas of new requirements, changes and updates from the previous version of the standard. Once completed, you can send it to our expert lead auditor who will do a half-day minimum desk audit. DOWNLOAD THE PLANNER AND CHECKLIST

Transition Guide

NSF-ISR has developed a clause-by-clause guide to the new standard. This comprehensive document contains everything you need to know about ISO 14001:2015. DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE

Top Management Letter

The new standard requires your organization’s top management involvement to further enhance your organizations policies, as well as to provide a framework and guidance to personnel assigned to manage the quality management system. We have developed a letter that can be used to help explain these new requirements to your top management team. DOWNLOAD THE LETTER

Top Reasons Not to Wait to Transition

Existing ISO 9001 and 14001 certificates must be transitioned by September 2018, but there are reasons to transfer before the deadline. In addition to the peace-of-mind that comes with successfully completing your transition, there are a number of other benefits. Read More

For more information, visit our ISO 14001 webpage.

AS9100:2016

The AS9100 series of standards are all due to be published before the end of 2016.

  • AS9100 was released on September 20, 2016.
  • AS9120 was released on November 1, 2016.
  • AS9110 was released on November 4, 2016.
  • The Aerospace Auditor Transition Training (AATT) for 9100, 9101 and 9120 should also be available in November.

The AS9100 standards (including AS9110 and AS9120) will continue to be based on the latest version of ISO 9001. Because the deadline for implementing the AS9100:2016 standards and ISO 9001:2015 is the same (September 2018), the delay of AS9100:2016 being released will create a short time period for AS-registered organizations to transition to this new standard.

Since the transition timeframe will be condensed, it is never too early to start preparing. We at NSF-ISR will be here to guide you every step of the way, with tools and answers to your many questions. We are developing a series of webinars, a readiness tool that will walk you through a gap analysis of your system in relation to the revised requirements of AS9100, transition guides and upgrade checklists.

NSF-ISR is well represented at Americas Aerospace Quality Group (AAQG) Registration Management Committee (RMC) meetings, and as more information becomes available (regarding the transition and other industry happenings), NSF-ISR will provide updates.

Webinar Series

NSF-ISR is developing a series of webinars that will not only explain the changes to the standard but will also help prepare you, and your QMS, for what is to come. These webinars will help you better work with a process-based approach to business along with highlighting the major changes to the AS9100 set of standards. Download our webinars

AS Upgrade Planner and Delta Checklist

Prior to an off-site review, on-site gap analysis or upgrade audit, we recommend that you complete the Aerospace upgrade planner and delta checklist. Download the Planner and Checklist

Transition Guide

Use our guide to the AS9100 transition to identify areas of the standard that have been updated and the major themes of the standard. Download the guide

Readiness Assessment Tool

The Readiness Assessment Tool helps organizations determine their readiness for transitioning to the new AS standards. We recognize that there are many levels of readiness, and this tool is meant to help you determine your next steps on the journey to full compliance with the new standard. It is our hope that you can use the results from the readiness assessment to improve your quality management systems. START NOW

AS9100D Internal Audit Tool

This tool is intended to be a supplement to an already robust internal audit program. This tool can be used to gather objective evidence during the audit process and ensure a complete review of the elements associated with the organization’s process-based audit program. This checklist, by itself, does not meet all of the AS9100D requirements for an effective internal audit program. Download the Checklist

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a number of answers to questions that your organization may have regarding the AS9100:2016 transition. Download the FAQ

For more information about AS9100, AS9110 or AS9120, visit our Aerospace Management Systems webpage.

ISO 45001

ISO 45001 is a proposed new international standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S), providing a framework for managing the prevention of death, work-related injury and ill health, with the intended outcome of improving and providing a safe and healthy workplace for workers and persons under an organization’s control.

ISO 45001:2016, Occupational health and safety management systems takes into account other international standards in this area, such as OHSAS 18001. The standard is intended to help organizations, regardless of size or industry, in designing systems to proactively prevent injury and ill health.

The draft international standard (DIS) of ISO 45001:2016 was published on February 12, 2016 and the ballot period ended May 12. With a final tally of 71 percent in favor to 29 percent against, the DIS ballot results fell short of the required votes, as no more than a quarter of the votes can be “against” for the standard to move on to the next stage of approval. As a result, the development of ISO 45001 will now progress to a second DIS, pushing back the estimated publication date to 2017.

During the recent ISO/PC283 Project Committee meeting June 6-10 in Toronto, Canada, the 3,000+ comments raised during the initial ballot period were discussed. The Project Committee meeting in October will review the remaining comments and finalize the second DIS, which will then be balloted again.

In order to help organizations understand the new standard, NSF-ISR has developed resources to simplify the process:

Information Guide

NSF-ISR has developed an information guide with facts about the new ISO 45001 occupational health & safety management systems standard. As new information becomes available, this document will be updated to provide you with the most current information about the upcoming standard: DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE

Webinars

NSF-ISR will be hosting a number of webinars aimed at keeping you up to date with progress of the new proposed ISO 45001 standard as it makes its way to final publication. NSF-ISR will keep you informed about what is in the proposed standard, and what is different or new compared to OHSAS 18001. We will also host webinars supporting your organization to make registering to the standard more straight-forward. You can download the entire series of webinars on demand at no cost. DOWNLOAD OUR WEBINARS

Top Management Briefings

It is important to have buy-in and understanding from your organization’s top management. NSF-ISR will develop a number of top management briefings on the progress of the standard through development – so your top managers are informed, know what to expect and can plan for the new standard’s requirements.

Other Resources in Development

As the standard moves through the publication process, NSF-ISR will release additional tools. You can check back here as the standard gets closer to final publication.

For more information, visit our Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems webpage.

IATF 16949:2016

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) announced on August 9 that they will publish a new International Standard under the name IATF 16949:2016 to replace ISO/TS 16949:2009 in October 2016. This standard will define the requirements for a quality management system for organizations in the automotive industry, including automotive production, service and/or accessory parts organizations. It will be aligned with and refer to the most recent version of ISO’s quality management systems standard, ISO 9001:2015.

According to the ISO/IATF press release, IATF 16949:2016 will “fully respect ISO 9001:2015 structure and requirements” and is not a stand-alone QMS, but is to be implemented with ISO 9001:2015. IATF is ensuring continued alignment with ISO 9001 by maintaining strong cooperation with ISO through participation in ISO/TC176.

Requirements for certification to IATF 16949:2016 were updated to the 5th Edition on November 1, 2016, and are available for purchase from AIAG. Guidance for the transition from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to IATF 16949:2016 was updated for a second time on November 21, 2016. The revised document can be downloaded from the IATF website.

Information Guide

Use the NSF-ISR IATF 16949:2016 Information Guide to identify areas of the standard that have been updated. We will continue to update this guide as new information on the standard becomes available. Download the Guide

Webinars

NSF-ISR will be hosting a number of webinars aimed at keeping you up to date with progress of the IATF 16949 standard. NSF-ISR will keep you informed about the implementation process. We will also host webinars supporting your organization to make registering to the standard more straight-forward. You can download the entire series of webinars on demand at no cost. Download Our Webinars

Upgrade Planner and Delta Checklist

NSF-ISR has developed an exclusive document that captures areas of new requirements, changes and updates from the previous version of the standard. Once completed, you can send it to your NSF-ISR Lead Auditor to confirm the effective implementation of your IATF 16949 Automotive Quality Management System. Download the Checklist

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a number of answers to questions that your organization may have regarding the IATF 16949 transition. Download the FAQ

Next Steps

Next steps for current TS registrants include gaining familiarity with the new ISO 9001:2015 structure and requirements as this will be contained within the TS requirements. Any knowledge gained through this process will be utilized during the TS transition. NSF-ISR has created several tools to assist clients in understanding the structural changes for migrating from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015. These resources include a readiness assessment, transition guide, on-demand webinars and an upgrade planner and delta checklist. They can be accessed through the ISO 9001:2015 Revision tab on the ISO 9001 page.

For more information, visit the ISO/TS 16949 webpage.

ISO 13485

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the updated ISO 13485 medical devices quality management systems standard on March 1, 2016. ISO 13485:2016 can be used by organizations involved in the production, post-production, storage, distribution, installation, servicing, final decommission and disposal of medical devices. There is also a provision for services associated with the medical device industry.

Key improvements in the 2016 version include:

  • Expansion of the standard’s applicability to include all organizations involved in the life cycle of the product, from inception to end of life
  • Enhanced transparency of requirements
  • Greater focus on post-market surveillance (including complaint handling)
  • Improved alignment with regulatory requirements
  • Greater applicability of the standard throughout the medical device’s life cycle
  • More emphasis on implementing the appropriate infrastructure, particularly for the production of sterile medical devices

Timeline for transition:

  • January 18, 2017: NSF-ISR is fully accredited to ISO 13485:2016, clients can begin transitioning.
  • September 14, 2018: ISO 9001:2015 transition deadline. Organizations that have ISO 9001 with ISO 13485 may need to separate their audits.
  • November 30, 2018: All ISO 13485 clients will have until this date to complete their upgrade audit. A review will be conducted for clients who have not upgraded their medical devices certificate to determine the extent of their recertification status.
  • February 28, 2019: Deadline for all NSF-ISR clients registered to ISO 13485:2003 will be required to upgrade to the 2016 standard.
  • March 1, 2019: Clients certified to ISO 13485:2003 will be dropped from the NSF-ISR system on if they have failed to upgrade their certification by this date.

Transition Guide

NSF-ISR has developed a helpful guide to the newly revised ISO 13485:2016 standard. Download the guide

Upgrade Planner and Delta Checklist

NSF-ISR has developed an exclusive document that captures areas of new requirements, changes and updates from the previous version of the standard. Once completed, you can send it to your NSF-ISR Lead Auditor to confirm the effective implementation of your ISO 13485:2016. Download the checklist

Training

NSF International, NSF’s parent company, offers a number of medical device courses and webinars. View the courses and webinars

Use of any NSF International training or consulting service does not, in any way, make NSF-ISR certification simpler, easier, faster or less expensive. NSF-ISR is a wholly owned subsidiary and makes impartial certification evaluations and decisions independent of any NSF International services.

For more information, visit our ISO 13485 webpage.

RC14001

The RC14001®:2015 revision was released in late 2015 and combines elements of the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Responsible Care® standard with those of ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems. Certification enables an organization to demonstrate that its management system conforms to the requirements of both ISO 14001 and RC14001®.

NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR) received official accreditation from ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) to the RC14001®:2015 Technical Specification on April 4, 2016. Companies can now begin certifying to the new standard through NSF-ISR.

Some key changes to the standard include:

  • Four requirements from RC14001®:2013 have been eliminated, as the new ISO 14001:2015 text addresses them
  • An increased alignment with strategic direction
  • Greater protection for the environment, with a focus on proactive initiatives
  • More effective internal and external communication, driven through a communications strategy
  • A greater commitment from leadership
  • Life-cycle thinking, considering each stage of a product or service, from development to end of life
  • Emphasis on environmental performance and measurement

We work with clients to ensure they fully understand the requirements and timing of the standard changes. We have a number of resources available to make the transition easier:

Transition Guide

NSF-ISR has developed a helpful guide to the new standard. This comprehensive document contains everything you need to know about RC14001®:2015. DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE

RC14001:2015 Upgrade Planner and Delta Checklist

NSF-ISR has developed an exclusive document that captures areas of new requirements, changes and updates from the previous version of the standard. Once completed, you can send it to our expert lead auditor who will do a half-day minimum desk audit. DOWNLOAD THE PLANNER AND CHECKLIST

For more information, visit our RC14001® webpage.

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