By September 15 , 2018, after a 3-year transition period, companies currently certified with ISO 9001: 2008 must meet the new requirements of the 2015 version.

The changes brought by the new Standard include the introduction of the High Level Structure meant for a better integration with other certification schemes, as well as the Risked Based Thinking as a general approach for business processes risk identification and adopting appropriate risk management measures in addition to identifying viable solutions.

Furthermore, the Standard introduces the concept of Leadershipin order to to assign specific responsibilities to company managers and to promote quality management within the Organization, as well as new requirements for documentation management(documented information).

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