ISO 9001 : A Quality Management System



There is no legal requirement to attain this standard nor is there a requirement to use an external body in assisting you with the process. The only “must” is the standard must be assessed and awarded via a UKAS approved certification body of which there are a number of choices.




ISO 9001 has been updated.  The latest version was released in September 2015.  The 2008 version remains valid with a stated 3 year transition period to the new version in place.  In practice Organisations accredited under the 2008 Version will need to transition within 18 months.


There is a clear shift in emphasis from "ensuring" to "engaging".


Drivers for Accreditation


Each organisation will have its own particular reasons for wishing to attain the ISO 9001 Standard. At EBM we recognise and respect the various reasons but we recommend that whatever the driver, the approach should be to embed the standard within your organisation.


Touch Points - Shift from Ensuring to Engaging


  • Context of the Organisation

  • Leadership 

  • Planning Risk Management 

  • Quality Policy and Objectives 

  • Resources 

  • Competencies 

  • Communication

  • Operational Planning & Control

  • Documented Information

  • Performance Evaluation

  • Improvement


Benefits – Examples


  • Provides the foundations from which to consistently meet Customer Requirements. 

  • Promotes Top Management engagement.

  • Fast tracks many tendering processes.

  • Requirement from an ever increasing number of Clients.

  • The process approach demonstrates how everybody contributes.

  • Defficiencies are highlighted and solutions promoted.

  • Cost reduction.

  • Sustainable growth.