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ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015

The advance word is that the new version of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, whose release is planned for 2015, will be nothing short of a revolution compared to the setup  that these regulations have had to date. The principles of sustainability and risk management will be introduced, and the latter in particular will be the approach used for developing Quality and Environment Management systems. Regarding sustainability, greater emphasis will be given to the concepts of context (both where the goods or services will be produced and where they will be used), interested parties and leadership. We can also expect some important terminology to be changed. For example, instead of product they will speak of goods and services, finally accepting  what has been a reality for a long time, and that is that the application of these regulations concerns not only manufacturing companies (which were the first in which the idea of quality – understood as quality checks – was  spoken of  several decades ago), but also those which offer services. Another important change in terminology is from  documents and registrations to documented information, thus skipping over the distinction between prescriptive documents (manual, procedures and instructions) and registration (various types of form models). This is much more in line with current technology in which everything is (or should be) managed via software, and means that the division between prescriptive documents and registration makes no sense, since, as happens in QualiWare, all information can consist of both documents and registrations and can be stored in the database linked together. After ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, ISO will also release the new ISO 45001, the Health & Safety standard derived from OHSAS 18001. It will have the same structure as the above mentioned Quality and Environment norms.

In general, the new versions of the regulations emphasize the information management features much more than previous releases. The use of software such as QualiWare for managing information regarding Quality, Safety and Environment systems is therefore highly recommended in view of the certification modifications, which should take place within two years of the release of the new regulations, therefore, by 2017.