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Guidance for ISO 9001:2015 clauses


ISO Navigator Pro™ uses simple menus to navigate the complex ISO 9001:2015 clauses via your internet browser; from your desktop, laptop, mobile or tablet.

The requirements are divided into four sequential stages; Plan, Do, Check, Act. Each stage is linked to the underlying ISO 9000:2015 quality principle and the ISO 9001:2015 clauses to explain them in plain English with practical guidance.

As well as the quality management principles and the ISO 9001:2015 clauses, the guidance is also aligned to the requirements from 'Section 4.4 Quality management system and its processes'. The action summary outlines ways to comply, whist the links in the guidance column provide more detailed information on meeting each requirement. Click the logo below to begin:

Guidance for ISO 9001:2008 clauses

80 separate pages explain the ISO 9000:2005 principles and the ISO 9001:2008 clauses. Use the simple menus to easily navigate the clauses and requirements via your browser. Click the logo below to begin:

How to set a management system

Your organization may already have in place a management system, if this is the case, you will want to determine how closely your system conforms to the requirements ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018.

Begin with the assumption that you are already doing most of what ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 require, you probably are! People talk about the high cost of implementing management systems but this is a false assumption.

If you understand the standards, then implementation should not be a problem since 75% of your management system is likely to be already in place. In general, follow these simple steps to implement the integrated management system:

Step 1 Purchase and read copies of the related management system standards (e.g. ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018)
Step 2 Undertake a gap analysis of your existing management system to identify what elements need to be addressed to meet any new requirements.
Step 3 Use the information from Step 2, develop an action plan and schedule to implement the actions that are required to rectify each identified gap.
Step 4 Begin collating evidence to provide assurance that your organization is regularly, 'or as necessary', reviewing and updating its external and internal issues.
Step 5 Confirm that your organization has a methodology in place to effectively identify risks and opportunities with respect to integrated management system planning.
Step 6 Update your management system's documents and modify your processes and practices to meet the new requirements.
Step 7 Provide employee training as appropriate to ensure all relevant people aware of changes to ensure effectiveness of the implementation.
Step 8 Verify the effectiveness of the modifications using internal audits, documented information reviews and management reviews.
Step 9 Plan and review the documented records of these activities to ensure timeliness and effectiveness. Apply the PDCA cycle to introduce continual improvement at the system level, and at the process or sub-process level.

Useful information



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Management system guidance

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