You have until the 14th September 2018 to transition to the 2015 standard. Failure to transition will put your certification at risk.
Organisations that are certified to ISO9001 are (or should be) aware of the requirement to transition to the new 2015 version of the standard. If you are yet to transition, now is the time to approach your certifying body to schedule the transition audit.
More importantly, the transition presents an opportunity to review your business. What are your goals? What do you see as ‘success’? How would achieving ‘success’ benefit your clients? How do you (or should you) go about achieving that?
The updated standard is a major revision of the standard and preparation for the transition is likely to take some effort.
The benefits, however, will be worth it:
Clearly articulated and formalised business processes;
Improved leadership engagement;
Integration with other ISO management systems;
Better understanding of the required inputs (e.g. resources, materials, skills) and outputs (e.g. products/services) and appreciation of the risks that may threaten them.
The basic steps of your transition plan should include:
Review the new standard and identify the gaps between your current system and what ISO9001:2015 requires
Develop and plan to address the gaps and have it approved by senior management
Roll out the plan – implement key requirements