As you may or may not know, a revision was recently done on the old ISO 9001:2000 standard. This standard is now known as 9001:2008. The main reason for the revision was to stay up to date with the latest happenings (trends, technology) in the ever changing environment of SHEQ. Some changes were also based on the feedback received concerning the efficiency of the old ISO 9001:2000. In order to ensure ISO 9001:2008 accreditation you need to be updated with the mentioned changes.
The main revisions made to ISO 9001:2000 include:-
- Statutory requirements are now given scale as all other legal or customer's requirements;
- The statutory requirements include suppliers as well;
- A purchased process is the same as any other product that the organisation purchased. If it's affecting any product it must be included in the quality system;
- Two quality processes may be included in one document and also split one process into two documents;
- A management representative must be a member of the company’s management;
- It is a requirement to ensure that all training are suitable for the product in advance and not evaluate the training effectiveness after it was taken;
- The information system is now officially considered as a substructure;
- Factors concerning the employees' health, such as humidity, noise, and temperatures, are considered part of a working environment;
- Measuring is viewed as one of the activities of product realisation;
- The purpose must be to identify not only on the shelves but throughout the entire realisation process;
- The management is now responsible for both preventive and corrective actions regarding non-conformities that were pointed out during audits; and
- The company should determine the type of monitoring and measuring according to the processes and how this will affect the quality management system in the end.
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