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Scott Dawson, President of Core Business Solutions
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US TAG Membership
Scott Dawson, President of Core Business Solutions, is an active voting member of the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO Technical Committee 176 (ISO/TC 176), which is responsible for drafting ISO 9001 and ISO 9004 international standards on quality management systems. The US TAG Group just finished writing the revised 2015 Standard so Scott Dawson has the inside details about the new revision.

Quick Facts about ISO

ISO 9001:2015 Standard revision published September, 2015

“ISO” is the International Organization for Standardization

Based in Switzerland

Over 160 nations participate in standards development

Approximately 20,000 standards have been developed

Standards are based on a consensus process

Most standards are developed by Technical Committees (TCs) or their sub-committees

The work of standards development is done by experts nominated by their national standards bodies

How are ISO standards developed?

Revisions are scheduled every five years

Approval for revision is agreed to by international ballot

The development process follows five basic steps that can take one, two or more years to complete:

  1. Working Drafts (WDs)
  2. Committee Draft (CD)
  3. Draft International Standard (DIS)
  4. Final Draft International Standard (FDIS)
  5. International Standard (IS)

ISO 9001:2015 ~ Choose Option Below

ISO 9001:2015 – The Impact on Small Business

For small businesses especially, the ISO 9001:2015 is a significant change.

The first thing to note is that the requirements have expanded from 14 pages in ISO 9001:2008 to 20 pages in ISO 9001:2015.  Not a small change (42% increase).

New requirements affect such areas as Leadership, Context of the Organization, Risk-Based Thinking, Documented Information, Process Approach and others are now being read for the first time by ISO 9001 users.

Overall changes to the structure and terminology make the new document a bit difficult to match up with the more familiar ISO 9001:2008 requirements we’ve been using.

However, Core Business Solutions has a process that simplifies your transition and provides a step-by-step approach to prepare your company for re-certification and compliance to ISO 9001:2015.   What many are looking for is simple, practical advice for small businesses on questions such as:


  1. What are the major changes in the new standard?
  2. How do they affect my small business?
  3. How will the transition be handled by my Registrar?
  4. How do I put a transition plan together for my small business?
  5. What do I do right now (if anything)?
Are you seeking ISO 9001 certification for the first time?

ISO 9001:2015 – certification for quality

Quality Management System

The ISO 9001 standard is the world’s most widely recognized quality management system (QMS) certification. With more than 1 million companies certified in over 170 countries, ISO 9001 defines requirements for companies who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer requirements and continually improve their business processes. ISO 9001:2015 is the current version of the standard that can be applied to any size company in any industry.

Companies that implement the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 and achieve certification commonly find benefits such as:

Increased business efficiency

Higher levels of customer satisfaction

Lower unnecessary costs

More reliable quality of processes and products

The other key benefit of the ISO 9001 certification is qualification as a supplier for many customer contracts and other business opportunities. ISO 9001 is widely used as a supply-chain requirement and the number of industries that recognize the value of ISO 9001 as a purchasing criteria continues to grow.

The ISO 9001 standard was just revised in September, 2015, by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Companies have until September 2018 to be certified to the most recent version of the ISO 9001:2015 Standard.

Transition Consulting Program for ISO 9001:2015

Update, transition, comply to the new standard.

Looking to transition to the updated version of the ISO 9001 standard? Click here to view our consulting program options for ISO 9001:2015. We have everything you need to update your Quality Management System to be compliant to the changes in the ISO Standard.

The ISO 9001:2015 quality management system standard, released September, 2015, is the fifth edition of one of ISO’s best known and most widely accepted standards. More than 1 million companies and organizations are formally certified or registered to demonstrate their compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001.  All companies currently certified to ISO 9001:2008 will be required to update, or “transition,” to the new requirements within 3 years of the release of the new standard. The deadline for transitioning to ISO 9001:2015 is September, 2018.

ISO 9001:2015 Transition Timeline

Currently certified to ISO 9001:2008 and looking to transition?

Consulting Support for ISO 9001

Core Business Solutions has qualified ISO 9001 consultants ready to help you achieve certification. Support for the ISO 9001 standard is available through all of our Online and Onsite Consulting Programs. We also provide consulting support for companies seeking multiple certifications (such as ISO 14001 and ISO 45001) through an Integrated Management System.

For more information about ISO certification for the 9001 standard, please call our consulting office at 866-354-0300, or email info@thecoresolution.com.

Related standards

See AS9100 for aerospace manufacturers

See AS9120 for aerospace distributors

See ISO 14001 for environmental management systems

See ISO 45001 for health and safety management systems

See ISO 13485 for medical devices manufacturers

See R2:2013 for responsible recycling for electronics

See Integrated Management Systems

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