ISO 9001 – What's the impact on weighing and calibration?

ISO 9001:2015 – What are the Implications for your measuring and weighing processes?


How to comply with a risk-based process approach to quality management

ISO 9001:2015 and the implications on weighing devices

Managing risk and quality in compliance with the latest ISO revision

This white paper aims to:

  • Explain the changes in the revised standard of ISO 9001:2015.
  • Look at the effect of these changes on weighing devices and weighing processes.
  • Provide guidance and recommendations on compliance with the risk-based process approach
  • Introduce Good Weighing Practice™ - a perfect fit with ISO 9001:2015
    - which provides an easy way to implement the risk-based approach
    to a Quality Management System.

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What is ISO 9001?

ISO 9001 is a standard that sets out the requirements for a quality management system. It helps businesses and organizations be more efficient and improve customer satisfaction.

When was the latest version published?

ISO 9001 was first published in 1987 and is regularly updated to ensure that it remains relevant to today’s business environment. The latest version of the standard ─ ISO 9001:2015 ─ was published in September 2015, replacing the previous version (ISO 9001:2008).

What's the focus of ISO 9001:2015?

ISO 9001:2015 focuses on ensuring customer satisfaction - whether consumer, end-user or regulatory body - and recognises the way globalization is changing modern business. As ISO-9001 is designed to be flexible for use by different types of organizations, it deliberately does not specify what the objectives relating to “quality” or “meeting customer needs” should be. Instead, it requires organizations to define these objectives themselves and continually improve their processes in order to reach them.

What is the “risk-based approach”?

A risk-based approach means that organizations identify, assess, and understand risks and opportunities to which they are exposed, rate these risks into acceptable and not acceptable levels and take the appropriate mitigation measures in accordance with the level of risk. ISO 9001 requires risk-based thinking and decision making

How does ISO 9001 apply to measuring instruments? 

ISO 9001:2015 explains requirements to measurement infrastructure in chapter “7.1.5 Monitoring and measuring resources”. Requirements are set up regarding the suitable selection and maintenance of such infrastructure. Also, the metrological traceability (achieved by regular calibration) is a requirement in a separate paragraph. 

Is there a change regarding measurement instruments in ISO 9001:2015? 

Although the wording is different in comparison to the previous version, there is no substantial change in the requirements regarding measurement instruments. Procedures that fulfilled the “old” version will fulfill also the new requirements.

What are the main changes in the 2015 version?

1. High-Level-Structure
ISO-9001 has a new structure and now follows the same overall High-Level-Structure (HLS), developed within the ISO community, as other ISO management system standards. This provides consistency and makes it easier for anyone using multiple management systems (e.g. environmental management, quality management).

2. Leadership and commitment
The ISO-9001:2015 revision requires top management to demonstrate leadership and commitment to the Quality Management System (QMS). It makes management accountable for the effectiveness of the QMS, ensuring resources are available, and promoting continuous improvement. However, the use of the process approach and risk-based thinking is not just the responsibility of management. It should be everyone's business, and should become an integral part of the organizational culture. In other words, quality becomes a company-wide practice and not solely the specific responsibility of the quality manager, or the quality department.

3. Process approach
A process approach has been an important part of ISO 9001 since 2000 and continues to be in the 2015 version. The revision has a focus on improved process performance by adopting a Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle to manage processes, and the interaction of those processes as a system, with an overall background of risk-based thinking. It is important to recognize that not all processes have the same impact on an organization's ability to deliver conforming products and services. Moreover, the new changes are not prescribed, but are left to the manufacturer to evaluate based on their processes, associated risks and their customer's expectations for high quality.

4. Risk-based thinking
One of the key changes in ISO 9001:2015 is a focus on risk-based thinking. The new version gives it increased prominence by building it into the whole management system. In previous editions of ISO 9001, a clause on preventive action was separated from the whole. The aim is to establish a systematic approach to considering risk, rather than treating “prevention” as a separate component of a quality management system. Risk-based thinking is part of the process approach

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