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Quality Austria sheds light on the jungle of Standards

The Revision of ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 (formerly OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) offers new opportunities for the design of your management system: a clearer alignment to corporate strategy, handling of risks and opportunities, advancement of process focus and an intensified look at performance and effectiveness, just to name a few aspects. We would like to provide you with possibilities successfully design the transition to the new tasks put by ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.

ISO 9001 sees a further development

This Revision was aimed at adapting the Standard to the changed conditions of a business world that is becoming increasingly dynamic and complex and at making the Standard more user friendly, at the same time. Simultaneous use of several management standards (Integrated Management System) is to be made easier. For this purpose, the structure of the Standard has been changed. Now it is adjusted to the harmonized model that will be used for all management system standards in the future. With regard to the contents, the Revision supports organizations in aligning their management systems to the conditions in which they are operating and thus making these systems as effective as possible.

On this page as well as in the corresponding folder below, some important changes are compiled. This shortlist of topics is aimed at facilitating the analysis of the Standard for you. However, it can in no way replace a detailed analysis of the Standard  tailored to your organization. The transition period amounts to three years from the publication of the Standards ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. Thus certificates acc. to ISO 9001:2008 or ISO 14001:2004 will no longer be valid upon expiration of this transition period (cf. Fig. 1).

Annex SL (“Supplement”)

Since 2012, the ISO/IEC Directives have had specifications about the structure and key contents of management system standards. A new Annex (Annex SL) has been adopted. This Annex instructs all technical committees in the field of management systems in the way management system standards need to be structured and in the core text they need to include. Important topics of these Revisions are already determined by the relevant requirements: The new priorities in connection with the topics of risk based thinking, leadership, having a look at the context of the organization, focussing on competence and the unified term of documented information are topics determined by this common structure and relevant key contents. Besides ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001, this Annex SL forms the basis for future revisions of management system standards. Thanks to this, common implementation of these Standards within Integrated Management Systems is simplified for users.

Transition in the course of a Re-Certification Audit

The transition can be done in the course of a Re-Certification Audit. This is the easiest option and is therefore recommended by us. As for the audit times and audit procedure, nothing changes for you. However, the new requirements of ISO 9001:2015 or ISO 14001:2015 will be reviewed instead of those of the old versions of the Standards.

Transition in the course of a Surveillance Audit

The change can also be done in the course of a Surveillance Audit. At transition, all requirements placed by the Standard will have to be reviewed. This is why a longer audit time will have to be planned than for a regular Surveillance Audit, the extent amounting to that of a Re-Certification Audit. Then this audit will be regarded as a Re-Certification Audit conducted in advance and the period of validity of the certificate will amount to three years again.

Re-Certification Audits based on ISO 9001:2008 or ISO 14001:2004

If you still would like to have a Re-Certification Audit conducted on the basis of ISO 9001:2008 or ISO 14001:2004 this is possible. However, we would like to point out that we are, due to our accreditation rules, obliged to restrict the validity of the certificate to the end of the transition period.

Step by step to certification acc. to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015

Our recommendations for implementing the new requirements:

1. Understand the Standards!

The Standards include new terms and concepts and are organized on the basis of a common structure. This does not only enable you to improve your systems but also to integrate them more easily. In order to enhance understanding, the introductions and annexes of the Standards provide important explanations. We invite you to attend our Revision Trainings and to make use of qualityaustria publications about the key topics of the Revision in the qualityaustria TIMES (newsletter), in magazines (e.g. the Q1 Magazine), our YouTube Channel as well as on our social media platforms

2. Identify the most important topics and use them for a further development of your system!

Choose the topics that can create most value for your organization. These topics usually concern the subjects risks and opportunities as well as context of the organization - e.g. business plan, planning and performance evaluation or the organization’s competence and/or knowledge. Address these topics as earyl as possibly as they are important levers for increasing your performance and customer satisfaction!

3. Define the moment you change to the new Standard! 

When will you have translated the new requirements into action? When is the most favourable moment for transition? Discuss the possibilities with your auditor, our Customer Service Center or our Technical Experts – we will support you in a very competent manner. In this respect, please kep the three-year period upon publication of the new Standard in mind (see Fig. 1).

4. Plan a Delta Analysis!

You have already anchored the big changes in your processes. Make sure that you meet all single requirements that have changed by conducting a Delta Analysis, i.e. a target-performance comparison. For this purpose, please use qualityaustria Delta Checklist or ask us to perform a Delta Status Review.

5. Conduct an internal audit in order to review the maturity and conformity of the system!

Have you made your changes and adapted the processes accordingly? Review in an internal audit whether your system is effective, performance is achieved and the requirements of the revised Standard are met.

You have made it!
Now you are ready for the Re-Certification Audit acc. to the new Standard!

Important changes

Important changes

Overview: The most important changes of ISO 9001:2015

The revised Standards ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 as well as ISO 45001, the successor of OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series), which is being drawn up, are all based on the binding requirements of the ISO Annex SL. This means that information relating to quality management often form the basis for the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001. As is shown in the table, the creation of an Integrated Management System on the basis of ISO Standards will be made much easier in future.

As for a tabular representation of the most important changes, please refer to “» Details”.

Overview: The most important changes of ISO 14001:2015

Basically ISO 14001:2015 also follows the high level structure (HLS), just like ISO 9001. In this table, we give you a compact overview of the specific changes of the environmental management standard ISO 14001:2015.

As for a tabular representation of the most important changes, please refer to “» Details”.


Ms. Dr. Anni Koubek
Executive Vice President
Innovation, Business Development Quality

Your tools for the ISO Adventure

Quality - ISO 9001

Your tools for the ISO Adventure

Seminar The new ISO 9001 Revision

After three years of development the Revision was released in September 2015. In this one-day seminar we provide you with an overview of the major changes and the concrete new requirements which affect your company. We will show you implementation possibilities by means of various examples.

Status Evaluation
Implementation of the new requirements ISO 9001

Compact audits for status evaluation based on a Delta-Checklist
By means of a specifically developed checklist, corresponding to all the changes of the ISO 9001:2015, the new requirements of the Standard are addressed in detail and the degree of implementation is audited. This status evaluation can contain the entire new Standard or selected elements of it. The audit time required is stipulated acc. to extent and complexity of the organization.

Occupational Health & Safety - ISO 45001

Seminar The new ISO 45001 Revision

The  OHSAS  18001  and  some  other  occupational  health and safety standards will be replaced by ISO 45001. The participants of this seminar will get a comprehensive overview  of  the  essential  changes  and  their  practical  application.

Price: € 632.00 (exkl. 20% VAT.)

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In-house training sessions

Public qualityaustria trainings can be booked as In-house trainings
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QM-Workshop ISO 9001 Revision

ISO 9001 Revision offers the opportunity for organizations to align their Quality Management System to better serve their needs. The new elements reflect the modern practice of Management and focus on outcomes and quality performances. In our Revision-workshops, possibilities for implementation are compiled and discussed with the participants, by means of examples and questions.

Online Workshop Self Study Course ISO 9001:2015

The ISO 9001 revision provides the opportunity for companies to adjust their quality management system in a better way according to their requirements. The new elements reflect the modern practice of management and focus on results as well as quality performance. This revision-self-study course will help you understand the new requirements of ISO 9001:2015, to get an overview of the changes and how to implement them as well as to reflect on the main issues and find your way to implementation.

Price: € 176.00 (exkl. 20% VAT.)

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Online Workshop Interactive Workshop ISO 9001:2015

You want to start implementing ISO 9001:2015 – this INTERACTIVE TRAINING is for you.  In the framework of a case study you will develop implementation solutions for each section of the standard. Choose your organization as basis for the case study. Receive personal feedback on your solutions and answers to your questions from our top trainers. Use the opportunity to ask your questions in a personal video conferencing session.

Price: € 420.00 (exkl. 20% VAT.)

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Environment - ISO 14001

The new ISO 14001:2015 Revision

We give you an overview of the substantial innovations and the new structure. Further we show you which specific new requirements for your organization are derived from it.The seminar also offers time to discuss the potentials of the implementation.

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Book recommendation
In the new book written by Dr. Anni Koubek, “Praxisbuch ISO 9001:2015. Die neuen Anforderungen verstehen und umsetzen” (“Practical book ISO 9001:2015. Understanding and implementing the new requirements”), you can read first-hand practical suggestions. This  book was published in cooperation with Quality Austria, DGQ and SQS in the Hanser Publishing House.
€ 49,99 ISBN: 978-3-446-44523-9
E-Book: € 39,99 ISBN: 978-3-446-44612-0

ISO 9001 Revision explained in simple terms
In the news area  of our website, you will find information about the Revision in several technical contributions. Here you can, among other things, find the series of articles “ISO 9001 Revision explained in simple terms”, which deals with a key concept of the Revision in each contribution. Enjoy your reading!

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We hope that we can support you in planning your management system and guaranteeing its further development with this information. As for further information, our employees in the Customer Service Center, your Auditor or our Technical Experts will be pleased to be at your disposal.

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Ms. Dr. Anni Koubek

Executive Vice President Innovation, Business Development Quality

Mr. Eckehard Bauer, MSc

Executive Vice President Key Account and Business Development Risk and Safety, Security, Business Continuity, Transport

Mr. Axel Dick, MSc

Executive Vice President Business Development Environment and Energy, CSR