Issue: #2 October/2015
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Welcome to our second ISO Edge Newsletter.  With the development of Annex SL and the overhaul of many of the familiar and trusted ISO Standards, it is the perfect time for us to share what has happened in the Standards industry and what the future holds for both our clients and the ISO Edge.
 
The new format for ISO Management System Standards (MSS) presents a mixture of opportunities and challenges for existing users.  Depending upon how well developed, mature and integrated the existing MSS is within the business, we expect that there will be a range of responses from existing users that could include: re-thinking the system from the ground-up; to growing and developing the system to its next level of maturity with the addition of new processes, techniques and tools; to simply implementing a few tweaks.   For new users, the new format presents an exciting opportunity to attract new non-traditional industries.  With the revised terms and definitions, new ideas and expanded concepts Quality Management has become more holistic and is synonymous with business and now more than ever is embracing and inclusive of non-manufacturing organizations. Easily integrate-able MSS requirements encourage, if not beg, organizations to embrace multiple MSS' now that the barrier of conflicting clause numbers for the same requirement has been removed.
 
As noted in the first edition newsletter the pending revisions create an opportunity to re-engage the company leadership.  Now that both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 have been released we know this to be absolutely true.  Reigniting leadership's engagement is crucial to optimizing the opportunities that the new MSS presents.  Embracing new ideas and recognizing that innovation can apply to a management system is the key to allowing your MSS to carry us into a sustainable future.
ISO 9001 Transition - What to Expect
Quality Management Systems

On September 23 ISO 9001:2015 was published.  As expected, the Quality Management Standard has reached its next stage of evolution and now includes "Risk Based Thinking" (RBT).  While 2015 is the first edition that explicitly mentions risk, the spirit of RBT has always been present.
 
The new Standard includes explicit links to an organization's strategic direction and the express connection to the now 7 Quality Management Principles contained within ISO 9000 and ISO 9004.  This changes the conversation and sets a framework and tone between the Management System and its intended purpose within the organization.  This framework should also change how Quality Management System Audits are conducted both internally and most certainly externally.
 
Certification Bodies are currently preparing their methodology, their process and their people for the transition options they will be offering their clients.  Each of them must submit their proposed plan and approach to their prevailing Accreditation Bodies for approval prior to offering it to their clients.  Once they receive their approvals they will all be working within a three year window - from September 23, 2015 to September 23, 2018.  This means that for all existing ISO 9001:2008 Certifications, you will have until September 23, 2018 to transition to the 2015 Standard.  For more information on this visit  IAF Informative Documents  and scroll to IAF ID 9. 
 
While the 2015 Standard offers opportunities for an organization to re-think their QMS, it is not necessary for every organization to "go back to basics" and make wholesale changes.  Our philosophy at The ISO Edge has always been to keep doing what works for your business.  Still the business must also accept that just because something has always been done a certain way did not make it the best way.  Given the certification requirements, our advice on the way to move forward is to understand the new standard's requirements, conduct a Gap Assessment of your current QMS that includes an honest assessment of your strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities as well as conformance to requirements and from there you can form a project plan including as assessment of resources and time.  The ISO Edge can support you in all of these activities - see the sidebar for our new course offerings.  What you should have at all times is a QMS that grows and changes with your business - supporting it as its needs demand. This is another key opportunity to validate that. 
ISO 14001 Transition - What to Expect
Environmental Management Systems

Lightbulb & Butterfly
On September 15 ISO 14001:2015 was published.  This represents the first major revision of the Environmental Management Standard.  Given the worldwide focus on climate change and the high-profile defenders against it (i.e. Pope Francis in recent weeks speaking to the United Nations) the timing of its release was certainly appropriate.
 
The maturity model presented in the revised standard hinges on a renewed expectation of Leadership's involvement and ownership of the EMS including initiatives aimed at protecting the environment such as use of sustainable resources; climate change mitigation and adaptation.  The end result should manifest in the organization's environmental performance and its demonstration of life-cycle thinking (e.g. extending control and/or influence to the environmental impacts associated with product use and end-of-life treatment or disposal).  
 
Certification Bodies are currently preparing their methodology, their process and their people for the transition options they will be offering their clients.  Each of them must submit their proposed plan and approach to their prevailing Accreditation Bodies for approval prior to offering it to their clients.  Once they receive their approvals they will all be working within a three year window - from September 15, 2015 to September 15, 2018.  This means that for all existing ISO 14001:2004 Certifications, you will have until September 15, 2018 to transition to the 2015 Standard.  For more information on this visit  IAF Informative Documents  and scroll to IAF ID 10. 
 
While the 2015 Standard offers opportunities for an organization to re-think their EMS, it is not necessary for every organization to "go back to basics" and make wholesale changes.  Our philosophy at The ISO Edge has always been to keep doing what works for your business.  Still the business must also accept that just because something has always been done a certain way did not make it the best way.  Given the certification requirements, our advice on the way to move forward is to understand the new standard's requirements, conduct a Gap Assessment of your current EMS that includes an honest assessment of your strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities as well as conformance to requirements and from there you can form a project plan including as assessment of resources and time.  The ISO Edge can support you in all of these activities. Stay tuned for new course offerings coming soon!
The Latest News About ISO 45001 
Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems

What stage is ISO 45001 at?

Many of us have been following the development of ISO 45001. We are happy to say that ISO 45001 is proceeding at the Committee Draft (CD) stage. CD is the second step of a 5-step process of development.

ISO development stages:
  1. Working Drafts (WDs)
  2. Committee Draft (CD)
  3. Draft International Standard (DIS)
  4. Final Draft International Standard (FDIS)
  5. International Standard (IS)
 
ISO 45001 is scheduled to be released in October 2016. Here is the timeline:



ISO 45001 moved to Committee Draft stage last March and will probably undergo extensive changes before reaching the Final Draft (FDIS) stage. When ISO 45001 reaches the FDIS, it is likely close to the final version.

To learn more about the Committee Draft stage and the revision process for ISO Standards, please click on ISO 45001 Development.
Latest News From The IATF: ISO/TS 16949
Automotive Management Systems

Automotive Assembly Plant
Mid-summer the IATF finally published their intent to transition TS 16949 to the new Annex SL Management System Standard format used in the ISO 9001:2015 revision.  Rumour has it that there was great debate whether or not they would continue using the text of ISO 9001 after their request to continue to use the 2008 version of the standard was denied from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
 
A stakeholder survey facilitated by the AIAG was conducted through June and July and was intended to solicit feedback on the effectiveness of the existing Technical Specification (ISO/TS16949) and certification/audit process, as defined in Rules for Achieving and Maintaining IATF Recognition, 4th Edition.  This information is to be fed into the next revision of ISO/TS 16949.

The revised ISO/TS 16949 Standard is expected to be released fourth quarter 2016.

Just this week a new Sanctioned Interpretation (SI 01) was issued for clause 7.4.1.2 Supplier Quality Management System Development.  The revision to the existing SI is to limit ISO 9001 Certifications accepted by the IATF to only Certification Bodies that are recognized by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and are accredited to ISO 17021.  This enhances the credibility and traceability of the certifications granted throughout the supply chain and could affect your current supply base.  The IATF has provided for a transition deadline of 31 December 2017.  Click here for a direct link to SI 01.
In Focus
Gary (Buck) Pennington

Meet Gary, a veteran health and safety  practitioner  and invaluable member of the ISO Edge team.  For over 15 years, Gary has provided  health & safety, environmental and quality consulting and training services for a wide variety of clients.

 
Gary is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and member of the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals.  He is a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) and member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE).  He is a member of Exemplar Global and maintains certifications for ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.
 
Gary has been a contract instructor for the IAPA WSIB Certified Joint Health & Safety Committee Member Part 1 and Part II courses.  He also taught the Surface Miner Common Core course for the MTCU.  He has been a volunteer instructor for:  Safe Boating Courses for the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron; The Industrial Accident Prevention Association Young Worker Awareness Program and The Greater Belleville Safe Community organization. Currently, as a volunteer, he conducts "Plan to Protect" training sessions; a programme to protect children from abuse.
 
Gary has guided a wide range of clients through implementation of management systems to International Standards. But Gary has more than technical know-how. He provides hands-on direction and coaching. Time and again, clients have told us how much they enjoy working with Gary. 
 
To contact Gary, call (416) 223-1508 or email gary.pennington@theisoedge.com.
The ISO Edge's mission is to inspire, educate, and enable leadership to achieve the strategic initiatives within their organizations through the implementation, improvement and integration of management systems.

 

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Lisa Velanoff
The ISO Edge Ltd.
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