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New guide promotes interpretation, application of ISO 9001:2015

Posted on Tuesday, 14th Jun 2016

Interpreting application of the standard

FIDIC is the global voice of consulting engineers and member firms are encouraged to commit to implementing quality management systems that involve all levels of management and every employee within their companies. In 1997, FIDIC first released an implementation guide, with further revisions released as the ISO 9001 Standard continued to evolve. In 2015, a fundamental review of the standard was released, namely ISO 9001:2015. It was the catalyst for FIDIC and the European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA) Task Force on Quality Management to come together and create a guide that will help quality management professionals interpret the application of the standard.

De Klerk explains that: “Companies are not required to instantaneously switch over to the new ISO standard. Instead, a transition period of three years from date of publication of the new standard has been agreed for accredited certification. This period will end on 15 September 2018, which means that all certified companies need to be fully compliant with ISO 9001:2015 by that date. The new guide helps them on this journey.”

The Task Force on Quality Management is chaired by Walter Painsi from Austria and includes as members, thought leaders from Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, which is represented by Sonja de Klerk.

Painsi says the new ISO 9001 Standard introduces some far-reaching changes to previous revisions, such as a prominence of risk-based thinking and engagement with interested parties.

“These concepts are highly relevant for the consulting engineering industry and the guide will provide much needed guidance, not only on how to comply with the Standard, but on how to do so in a value-adding manner. Further meetings will be held in the future, with the goal of publishing the guide in the next few months,” concludes Painsi.

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