ISO Standards

ISO 9001:2015 Documentation Requirements

Here at Concentric, we like change and typically embrace it. However, we are in agreement that several changes to the 2015 release of the ISO 9001 standard are just annoying. Changes that make understanding of the requirements less simple are, well… not simple. One example is the ambiguity associated with how many and what kinds of documented procedures and records are required. Now that the term "documented information" is being used, subscribers have to get out their ibuprofen, highlighters and dig down into the standard looking for clues like the words maintained (document required) and retained (record required). We've decided to create some more user-friendly tools to help you to better understand what's inside this 42-page document.

The following sections may be helpful in better understanding what is required vs. what is optional, for those of us who appreciate simple. All documented information, be it a traditional document or record, must be controlled in accordance with clause 7.5 Documented information. In order to make implementation and auditing simple, we recommend purchasing a printed copy of the standard and highlighting where the terms “maintained” and “retained” exist. The following sections can also be used as a quick reference guide to assist you in locating documentation requirements, examples of documents that may be used “as needed” and matrices to help you map standard references to your own language.

Is your organization ready to adopt ISO 9001:2015?

If your answer is YES, which best describes the motivation for this adoption:

  • This Standard is your industry’s general practice?
  • It is your customer’s request?
  • It is a Marketing initiative to improve your competitiveness?
  • Or simply because you are ISO 9001:2008 and want to keep the registration?

You may acknowledge one or more of the justifications above as genuine enough in your case. However, your organization’s leadership truly believes that the very first statement of the ISO 9001:2015, clause 0.1 Introduction, is valid, and that’s significantly larger than all the justifications above combined!

“The adoption of a quality management system is a strategic decision for an organization that can help to improve its overall performance and provide a sound basis for sustainable development initiatives”.

The understanding of this Standard’s requirements, recommendations and permissions demonstrates an intuitive and logical rational that concludes that none of the requirements are unhelpful or useless. Indeed, compliance with ISO 9001:2015, means the minimum applied efforts and resources to achieve a better business structure, with more productivity, more competitiveness and, sure, more growth. Let us explain this rational!

ASQ Charleston Partnership with Concentric Global

ASQ Charleston has entered into a partnership with Concentric Global, a local Quality and Improvement consulting firm, to provide educational opportunities for our local ASQ Members at a discount.

By using promo code “ASQ1122”, ASQ Section 1122 members will receive a 10% discount on full-price 2016 open enrollment classes offered by Concentric.  Visit Concentric’s new website to see upcoming course offerings, and check back often to see when new offerings and other free resources are added.  In return, Concentric will pledge 15% of the course fee back to ASQ Charleston.

Note that Concentric is partnering with Trident Tech for the ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor class offered on Feb 23-25 2016.  This promotional price is 50% off regular price (limit 2 students per organization), and as such the promo code offer “ASQ1122” is not valid for this event.

Please consider Concentric for your training needs, and be sure to use Promo Code “ASQ1122” when signing up for 2016 full-price open enrollment courses!

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OHSAS 18001 being replaced by ISO 45001

Let's begin by clarifying that ISO 18001 currently is a standard, but it has nothing to do with Occupational Health & Safety. ISO 18001 is actually a standard for radio frequency identification.

BS OHSAS 18001

The 18000 series of standards were developed outside of the world of ISO (International Standards Organization) as a British Standard (BS), therefore the official reference to the standard a site can be registered to is "BS OHSAS 18001". Furthermore, "OHSAS" is an abbreviation for Occupational Health & Safety Advisory Services in reference to the Occupational Health & Safety Advisory Services Project Group. This group first published the multi-national standard in 1999. OHSAS 18001 represents the standard with requirements for registration where OHSAS 18002 is the guidance document for establishing, implementing or improving a management system.

The purpose of OHSAS 18001 is to provide organizations with standard elements for developing a formal health and safety management system. The layout has been updated in recent years for easy integration with the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard. The OHSAS & EMS standards are nearly identical, the greatest difference being the elements that an organization manages, controls and improves. The term frequently used to describe an integrated system encompassing both OHSAS & EMS elements is Health, Safety & Environment (HSE).

Assuming planned timelines are adhered to, the OHSAS 18001 standard should be retired and replaced by ISO 45001 in late 2016 resulting in the release of "ISO 45001:2016".


“Annex SL” is, in short, a standard for how standards are developed. Annex SL contains rules governing the development of all ISO management standards. The structure of future standards, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 will be as follows:

Annex SL management system integration ISO 45001

ISO 45001

The ISO community and HSE practitioners are hopeful for a more global adoption and recognition of the health and safety standards once published and released. It is estimated that poor health and safety management costs represent approximately 4% of the Global Gross Domestic Product. Proper management of health and safety elements is not only a recommended approach to a socially responsible organization, doing so typically has significant positive financial impacts.

Projected timeline & stages for standard development: OHSAS 18001 transition to ISO 45001

To monitor the progress of ISO/PC 283, the Technical Committee working together to publish the ISO 45001 standard, visit their page online.