Certification of quality management systems according to ISO 9001

ISO 9001 is the "mother" of all standards for management systems. Continuously developed and adapted to the requirements of users since 1987, today it is by far the most successful certification standard with more than 1 million certificates issued worldwide.

Especially in the B2B field, certification according to ISO 9001 is a basic requirement for establishing new business contacts. The consistent orientation towards the value chain and the processes defined therein makes it equally suitable for product manufacturers and service providers.

We want you to benefit from your QM system in every respect! With GUTcert certification you therefore receive more than just proof of a successfully implemented QM system.

On the stable basis of a quality management system, other management systems can usually also be easily implemented - e.g. environment, energy or occupational safety. The combined certification of integrated management systems also offers a number of additional, including financial, advantages.

The integration of various standards is facilitated considerably by the revision of the QM standard to ISO 9001:2015. In addition to the goal of a uniform, more comprehensible core terminology for the standard language, the introduction of the "High Level Structure" (HLS) is an important innovation.

Standards are revised every 5 years and checked for adequacy, relevance and topicality. Technological developments or changed user interests and other important points are taken into account. The aim is to improve the applicability of the standards, to increase the compatibility of standards and to facilitate integrated auditing.

The HLS – an superordinate, uniform structure for all management system standards – is intended to help avoid redundancies and contradictions between the numerous existing management system standards (MSS) and thus make it easier to link different MSSs.

One of the core messages of the revision is the increased consideration of risks and opportunities, whereby internal developments as well as external needs and expectations must be strongly taken into account. In addition, there are many standard specific changes regarding the design of a document system, especially the documentation of the development process. The requirement of ISO 9001 to implement a knowledge management is completely new. The aim here is to record the required knowledge of the QMS and make it available if required.

Transitional phase after publication of the standard

ISO 9001:2015 was published on September 15, 2015. This day marked the beginning of the three-year transition period.

Existing certificates according to ISO 9001:2008 are therefore valid until September 14, 2018 at the latest.  In order for your certificate to remain valid beyond this date, a transition audit must be carried out. This audit can be carried out as part of the recertification or review audit or in a separate audit.

GAP audits

You are not sure whether you have considered all aspects of ISO 9001:2015 when converting your QM system? No problem at all!

In order to determine possible differences between the actual status of your organisation and the requirements of the new standard, GUTcert offers optional audits for conformity testing. The findings of the GAP audit will pave the way for a subsequent certification.