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Guidance for SMEs using ISO 9001 for quality management just released

by Clare Naden on
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ISO’s essential guide for SME’s wishing to implement a quality management system (QMS) has just been updated, providing practical advice and concrete examples tailored specifically for small businesses.
 

ISO 9001:2015 for Small Enterprises  What to do? has just been updated to align with the newly revised version of one of ISO’s most popular standards, ISO 9001, Quality management systems – Requirements, updated in 2015.

The handbook was written by a group of experts from ISO/TC 176/SC 2, the technical subcommittee that developed ISO 9001:2015, and features useful information on everything from how to get started right through to guidance for those who choose to seek certification. It includes practical advice on the different ways of approaching a quality management system (QMS) as well as detailed guidance on each element of ISO 9001:2015.

Nigel Croft, Chairman of ISO/TC 176/SC 2, said: “This handbook recognizes that small businesses have different needs and challenges compared to large organizations, with different ways of working and often with limited resources. This handbook offers tailored advice to help them implement a quality management system that can truly be useful, and help them to improve their overall business performance.”

“It includes a step-by-step guide to implementing a QMS, providing sector-specific examples for different types of small businesses, such as consultancies, manufacturers and distributors.”

ISO 9001:2015 for Small Enterprises  What to do? also provides a clear explanation of what a QMS is and how it can help organizations improve the quality of the work they do and the products and services they deliver, thereby improving the confidence of their customers and other stakeholders.

ISO 9001 is one of the world’s most widely used quality management system standards, with over one million organizations certified to it in over 170 countries around the world.

ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 for Small Businesses  What to do? are available for purchase from your national ISO member and the ISO Store.