ISO 9001: Funding to help North West businesses migrate from 2008 to 2015
Are you ISO 9001:2008 certified? From September 2018 this certification will no longer be valid and your quality management system will need to be upgraded – but manufacturing businesses in the North West can access grant funding to help.
As a manufacturing business, you will know how vital quality standards are to helping you stand out in the market place. From British Retail Consortium (BRC) to Safe and Local Suppler approval (SALSA), if you want to access high-end supply chains your business needs to meet these standards.
ISO 9001 is arguably the most recognisable of all standards - over 1 million businesses in 170 countries are certified to this standard, which is why it is vital if you want to compete. But your certification must be up to date.
What is ISO 9001 and why is it important?
The ISO 9001 standard is the internationally recognised assurance of quality management systems, enabling businesses to be more efficient and improve customer satisfaction. Certification gives your customers the confidence they need to know that you provide consistent and quality products - all via a compliant and systematic approach to quality management.
The change from the 2008 to the 2015 accreditation has been developed to help businesses navigate our increasingly complex supply chains. This also includes responding to a more knowledgeable and demanding customer base, where they are able to access more and more data about you.
What are the differences between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015?
- ISO 9001:2015 will now follow the same ‘High-Level Structure’ as other ISO management system standards which is helpful for businesses with multiple certifications or sector quality standards including automotive and aerospace.
- The focus is less prescriptive and firmly on processes rather than documented procedures and records.
- The new certification will give more prominence to ‘risk-based thinking’ and will employ the manufacturing principle ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’.
Implementing ISO 9001: 2015 is not a simple tick-box exercise. Not only does it require you to develop or improve your internal processes and procedures, but crucially you need to roll this out to your workforce in order to pass the assessment and ensure quality across the board.
But help is at hand as we've identified some grant funding that can be accessed to support such transition projects.
Offering 30% of the project cost, the grant will help you to manage the expense of transitioning to ISO 9001:2015. As organisation development specialists and with our work around improving systems, IDG can help you to explore this opportunity – looking at what you need from your transition project as well as your eligibility for grant support.
So if your business is reliant on ISO 9001 to access new supply chains or to retain your existing client base, contact us to find out more and the next steps in starting your transition.