Companies certified to ISO 9001 could have a surprise in store when the standard eventually gets revised from the 2008 version to that of 2015. Ok, so there is now an alleged delay I hear in that we won’t see this published until the autumn now but don’t rest on your laurels.  You need to get ahead of the game on this one and hear’s why.

Some say it is the most significant change they have seen to the standard

However, companies will doubtless leave it to the last-minute thus putting themselves under pressure having less time to talk it through with staff  and then introduce all the changes required of them. Certainly the Owner,CEO or MD is being asked to be more hands on in the running of the system so that’ll come as a shock to most.  No longer can it be bolted onto the business or simply viewed as a delegated task for one unsuspecting member of staff.  Also, have they seen the significant changes in relation to that person’s role anyway or the documents that are removed and the processes that are added? Will they understand how to introduce risk management for example.

What action can I take?

Well, I am already chatting to certified companies to paint a picture as to what is coming their way with the new standard. I have attended sessions with no less than three certification bodies and am about to undertake my auditor transition course. I trust you are making similar arrangements whichever side of the fence you see yourself.

A good place to start

Here is a trailer of my recent webinar “9001:2015 – What’s All the Fuss About” to set the scene for you.

If you see the need to chat further then email me at and remember that you can also see it on my App in the Masterclass section. Just search on Apple or Android for :9001 Support”.

  1. DOMINIC LOGUE says:

    Hi Peter,               I intend to sit the Lead Auditor 9001 2015 Exam. I have successfully completed my IRCA internal 9001 auditor course however I attended the Lead Auditor Course and failed the exam, the last section gave me trouble. I have some experience auditing 9001 for an non UCAS company. Would your materials be of benefit to me as I assume that the new Lead Auditor course  9001 2015  will be available soon I want to do this by the end of the summer. ThanksDominic Logue


    • peterts says:

      Hi Dominic,
      The Training Guides were written mainly for those Management Representatives running systems as opposed to those training to be lead auditors. However, the free App would be of use to you as that offers support in many more areas. You are obviously already on board with the blog 🙂

      The 2015 version of the standard as I say in the post is delayed so would be surprised if you get an IRCA approved course until say September. Perhaps if you email me and explain what exactly in the last section of your exam caused you a problem I might be able to arrange some personal mentoring to help you.



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