ISO have stated that the latest version of ISO 9001:2015 follows a new, higher level structure to make it easier to use in conjunction with other management system standards, with increased importance given to risk. Nigel Croft, Chair of the ISO subcommittee that developed and revised the standard, says that the changes are evolutionary rather than a revolutionary process.
“Knowing that today’s organisations will have several management standards in place, we have designed the 2015 version to be easily integrated with other management systems,” Nigel said. “The new version also provides a solid base for sector-quality standards (automotive, aerospace, medical industries, etc.), and takes into account the needs of regulators.”
The key changes for ISO 14001 relate to and increased prominence of environmental management within the organisation’s strategic planning processes, a greater focus on leadership, the addition of proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, improving environmental performance, lifecycle thinking and the addition of a communications strategy
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