ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Standard

ISO 9001 is an internationally binding quality assurance standard that has been used to gauge Quality Management Systems (QMS) at all organizational levels. The internationally acclaimed standard measure is indiscriminate and has been widely used to monitor the management practices of all organizations, whether small or big, national or multi-national. The ISO 9001:2015 revision makes it easier to integrate all Management System Standards (MSS), such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, ISO 27001, ISO 45001, ISO 50001, ISO 55001, IATF 16949, AS 9100, AS 9110, AS 9129, ISO 13485, ISO 15378, TL 9000, MDSAP, and GFSI recognized Food Safety standards including BRC, IFS, FSSC 22000, and SQF, into one Integrated Management System (IMS) for ease of use and ease of implementation.

Attaining ISO 9001:2015 certification provides many benefits, not to mention the fact that it may also be used as a very powerful marketing tool for your organization.

Industry players and establishments have recommended that industries work with suppliers that have ISO 9001:2015 certification. The ISO 9001 standard provides a standardized global charter through which management practices can be measured against internationally recognized benchmarks. The aim of the ISO 9001:2015 standard is to enhance customer satisfaction through problem solving and continual improvement.  Aside from monitoring management practices, the certification allows organizations to produce effective management ideas that have translated into increased productivity and profits for companies. The ISO 9001:2015 requires the promotion and usage of three critical concepts: Process Approach, Risk-Based Thinking, and Continual Improvement.

The ISO 9001:2015 standard has introduced Context of the Organization, Understanding the needs and Expectations of Interested Parties, Organizational Knowledge, Processes and Services, Planning of Changes, Documented Information (previously known as documents and records), External Providers (previously known as suppliers), and Control of Externally Provided Products as some of the additional requirements.

The ISO 9001 certification has been the milestone of modern management at all levels of organizations. The certification is a clear manifestation of the commitment of any organization to promote well-researched and effective management systems that are recognized from global perspectives. 

To meet ISO 9001 audit and certification requirements, QSE has developed a simplified documentation system which covers all Quality Management System requirements through an effective document simplification approach. This approach, when coupled with QSE’s Ten Step Disciplined Path for certification, is impervious to failure in achieving ISO 9001:2015 certification.

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