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ircaChanges to ISO 9001, the industry standard for Quality Management, will see a greater emphasis on how certification could be used to improve innovation globally across a wide range of business sectors.

The news announced at the IRCA Forum signals the start of the process which will see ISO 9001 revised and the new standard published by 2015. The new ISO 9001 sets out the criteria for a more integrated quality management system which can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity. ISO 9001 is currently implemented by over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries.

Certification to the new ISO 9001 will come into force in 2015, and CQI are currently leading a process to canvass the views of their members.

Commenting on the proposed changes, Colin MacNee, Chairman of the CQI Standards Panel, said:  “ISO 9001 certification is normally associated with providing structures and process for businesses. However, we believe that the proposed revisions will have a significant impact across a number of areas, one of which aims to provide companies with a framework where they can be innovative. The culture of using ISO 9001 needs to move from the ‘tick box’ mind-set we often see to using the certification to actively improve a business.”

“In an increasingly global world, the need for harmonised management standards to ensure quality has never been greater. However, with a rapidly changing world, we need to ensure that these standards provide a real benefit to all businesses. As a result, ISO 9001 will be changing to better reflect the current global business environment. We also need to broaden interest and attract more industries. While ISO 9001 is widely used in manufacturing and other heavy industries, it can also have a significant benefit in other more service-oriented sectors, another field in which the UK leads.”

“The proposed changes to ISO 9001 are particularly relevant to the UK, one of the most innovative countries in the world.  We hope that, through certification to the new ISO 9001, we can ensure that UK businesses not only continue to be innovative, but use it to become even more innovative”.

Colin MacNee was speaking at the 2013 IRCA global forum in Japan which has seen a range of speakers including: Simon Feary, CEO, IRCA/CQI, Osamu Kawai, General Manager of CPS Asia (Caterpillar Production System, Asia), and Paul Phyall, Senior Vice President - Asia at LRQA & SEA General Manager of LR Asia.

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The International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA www.irca.org) is the leading professional body for management system auditors, offering a globally recognised business qualification. It represents over 10,000 registered auditors in 150 countries and every year, over 60,000 delegates attend an IRCA approved training course.

The Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) is a professional membership body which exists to advance education and knowledge of the practice of quality in industry, commerce, and the public and voluntary sectors. The CQI has a professional membership of 10,000 individuals, committed to protecting reputation, reducing cost and driving improvement within organisations, in all sectors. The CQI’s courses and qualifications provide the industry standard for quality professionals. The CQI train in the region of 1,000 quality professionals every year.

For further information, please contact:

Adam Aljewicz

Exitus Communications

Tel: +44 (0)771 430 9999

Email:  adam@exituscommunications.co.uk

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