The latest edition of ISO 9001, ISO’s flagship quality management systems standard, was published in September of 2015. This concludes over three years of revision work by experts from nearly 95 participating and observing countries to bring the standard up to date with modern needs. EJ Ajax is on track for certification this year.

The 2015 edition features important changes, which Nigel Croft, Chair of the ISO subcommittee that developed and revised the standard, refers to as an “evolutionary rather than a revolutionary” process. “We are just bringing ISO 9001 firmly into the 21st century. The earlier versions of ISO 9001 were quite prescriptive, with many requirements for documented procedures and records. In the 2000 and 2008 editions, we focused more on managing processes, and less on documentation.”

“We have now gone a step further, and ISO 9001:2015 is even less prescriptive than its predecessor, focusing instead on performance. We have achieved this by combining the process approach with risk-based thinking, and employing the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle at all levels in the organization.”

“This is a natural progression for us,” said EJ Ajax Co-owner Erick Ajax. “We are committed to the benefits that ISO standards bring to our customers and our company.”

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