Firms under ISO need to migrate to new version

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ORGANISATIONS in Brunei certified under the International Organisation for Standardisation’s (ISO) 9001:2008 will have to migrate to the revised 2015 version by September 2018.

The Certification Manager at Bureau Veritas, who issues the ISO 9001 in Brunei, said the 2015 upgrade to the 9001 — one of the world’s most used quality management systems — would reduce the amount of paperwork for implementing the standard and place a higher priority on risk management.

“The ISO 9001 has traditionally retained a strict quality management focus, but the latest 2015 revision expands its focus to incorporate more risk management into the existing quality management system,” said Ram Madhukar Desai.

Desai spoke to private and government organisations certified under ISO 9001:2008 about the upgrade on Friday, including representatives from Brunei Shell Petroleum, Brunei LNG, Brunei Methanol Company and the Survey Department under the Ministry of Development. Explaining the risks that ISO 9001:2015 would be able to mitigate, Desai said: “When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami hit the northeast region of Japan, a major supplier in auto parts, many producers including Toyota and Nissan were forced to halt production, reducing sales up to 20 per cent for some.

“Being dependent on a small, vital set of suppliers would be a major risk that the ISO 9001:2015 could have lessened since the new standard requires organisations to emphasise risk management.”

Desai added that ISO 9001 was not a certification on a finished product or service, but an assurance that an organisation adheres to a set of guidelines that require processes in the organisation to be carried out to a certain standard.

“The ISO 9001 standards tell the customers and the market that the processes carried out by an ISO certified body are performed under controlled and monitored conditions, which builds customer assurance and as a result a better brand image,” said Desai. ISO certification requires at least two levels of auditing: an internal audit done by the organisation, and an external audit done by a licensed certification body. A third level, which incorporates evaluations from customers on quality is also considered. “ Achieving an ISO 9001 certification takes between two to three months. The process can be made faster if the organisation is already implementing the standards which correlate with those of ISO 9001,” Desai added.

Certification is valid for three years, during which surveillance audits will be carried out by Bureau Veritas. At the end of the period, organisations will have to be re-certified to attain ISO 9001.

The Brunei Times