On 15 September of this year, the updated environmental management system standard ISO 14001 will come into force, whereas the new quality management system standard ISO 9001 will become effective one week later, on 23 September. ISO 9001:2015, which is the most popular quality management standard in Latvia and worldwide, certifies to customers, that a company cares for constant quality of its products or services. Several significant changes are integrated in the updated standard, including risk approach in formation and development of quality management system, identification of opinions of interested parties, involvement of senior management, so that the standard is easier to use in service industry companies, etc.

The main difference is greater focus on management processes and less documentation. It is planned, that the new standard will not contain references to documented procedures and notes, instead focusing on information to be documented, thereby allowing an organization to choose the most suitable method for documentation of quality management system.

In its turn, ISO 14001:2015 is the most popular environmental management standard, which certifies organization's care about impact on the surrounding environment, using resources more efficiently and reducing the amount of waste. The new standard includes broader view of assessment of environmental aspects, more significant involvement of senior management and linking with the strategic management, broader definition of interested parties, as well as the life cycle thinking and approach is emphasized.

Both ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 will henceforward allow integrating quality and environmental management systems with other systems of organization easier due to unified structure and terminology.

During a period of three years, experts from 95 countries participated in revision of standard ISO 9001, whereas the updated version of standard ISO 14001 was developed by 121 experts from 88 countries.

After coming of standards into effect, a 3-year transitional period is planned, during which organizations will be able to perform revision and certification of the existing systems in compliance with requirements of the new standards.

More than 1.1 million certificates of ISO 9001 standard and more than 300,000 certificates of ISO 14001 standard are issued globally each year.

15.09.2015

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