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SGS United Kingdom Ltd is one of the first organizations in the UK to become accredited (by UKAS) to provide certification to ISO 9001:2015 – the new Quality Management Systems Standard which was published on 23 September 2015.

ISO 9001:2015 is the most internationally recognized standard for quality management systems representing almost 72% of the total number of certificates issued globally. The standard helps organizations achieve, benchmark and monitor high quality performance across all business operations. It provides a framework to ensure applicable statutory and regulatory requirements are consistently met, whilst keeping up to date with market developments and enhancing customer satisfaction.

Chris Trott, SGS Global Product Manager for ISO 9001, believes that the standard is: “a great management tool to help operate business, ensuring that any product or service is consistently carried out. It’s a great way to show people that you take the quality of your business seriously and that you are committed to achieving high levels of sustainable development and continual improvement.”

ISO 9001:2015 has been revised to incorporate a new high level structure (HLS) – the Annex SL framework which contains common requirements, definitions, terms and clauses improving the alignment of all future and revised management system standards (MSS) to allow easier integration of standards. ISO 9001:2015 improves business sustainability and performance by focusing on organisational context, risk based thinking and leadership responsibility.

Mr. Trott believes that it is in the best interest of companies to make their transition to ISO 9001:2015 early: “Competitive advantage can come from early adoption of the management processes of ISO 9001:2015 which demonstrate the depth of internal examinations of your business. With so many competitors in most business sectors you need something that makes you stand out from the crowd. In many ways it is not always the products and services that confirm your standards, but often the regulatory structure that proves the strength and quality of your business.”

Organizations that are already certified to ISO 9001:2008 will have three years – until September 2018 – in which to transfer to the new version of the standard. SGS experts can carry out a gap analysis against the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 to make the transition smooth and transparent.

For information about the ISO 9001:2015 transition process, please visit ISO 9001:2015 transition.

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.