LRQA ISO Standards Revision; Industry Stakeholders Comment on Environmental and Quality DIS

With the ISO Standards Revisions well underway, with ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environmental) being at Draft International Standard (DIS) stage and ISO 45001 (the new Occupational Health & Safety standard) being at CD stage, it is interesting to see what some of the major stakeholders within the assessment industry are saying about the updates and what they believe the changes will deliver in terms of user experience and organisational benefits. 

The International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) is the world’s original and largest international auditor certification body and along with the CQI - the chartered body for quality management professionals - has published a report entitled DIS 9001; Understanding the Draft International Standard; an executive summary of the report can be accessed here. Key findings include:

  • Two new clauses (4.1 and 4.2) are introduced relating to the context of the organisation.  Organisations will be required to identify explicitly any internal and external issues that may impact their quality management system’s ability to deliver its intended results.  They must also understand the needs and expectations of “interested parties” – those individuals and organisations that can affect, be affected by, or perceive themselves to be affected by, the organisation’s decisions or activities.
  • DIS 9001:2014 places a greater emphasis on the definition of scope of the quality management system than ISO 9001:2008 does. Scope sets the boundaries for, and identifies the applicability of, an organisation’s quality management system. Clause 4.3 requires scope to be determined in consideration of the organisation’s context.
  • While ISO 9001:2008 promoted the adoption of a process approach when developing, implementing and improving the effectiveness of a quality management system, clause 4.4 of DIS 9001:2014 sets out specific requirements designed to enforce its adoption.

Another key viewpoint comes from IEMA, the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment, this time commenting on ISO/DIS 14001:2014.  Martin Baxter, Executive Director Policy & Engagement at IEMA and one of the UK’s appointed experts on the revision’s working group, said: “The proposed changes are substantial and will mean organisations need to focus on building environment into the core of their business.Given the widespread use of the standard, it’s essential that users engage in the revision process and also begin preparations for transitioning to the new requirements. We’ll be working with IEMA members to ensure that Environment & Sustainability professionals are able to implement the changes in their organisations and add maximum business value”.

Steve Williams, LRQA System & Governance Manager and ISO TC 207 member also adds, “Policy within ISO/DIS 14001:2014 now talks in terms of an organisation committing to protecting the environment. This is an expansion over the previous policy commitments which were limited to prevention of pollution, compliance with legislation.”

LRQA is no stranger to the current revision process being driven by ISO and is a major contributor to the development and improvement of standards and associated guidance in the fields of management systems and conformity assessment worldwide. As recognised voices in the industry - driven through our membership of the IIOC (Independent International Organisation for Certification), the global certification trade body - our experts are actively involved in the international technical committees for all three of the world’s leading Management System Standards, specifically ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001/OHSAS 18001.

For further information about the ISO Standard Revisions please email enquiries@lrqa.co.uk