Update on The Revision of ISO 9001/14001 and OHSAS 18001

REVISION OF ISO 9001/14001 AND OHSAS 18001

SHEMSI has noticed that a number of our competitors is offering training on the revisions to some or all of the above standards. We wish to advise our clients that ISO has a defined process for the development of new standards and the revision of existing standards. This process involves the development of a series of drafts which are circulated variously within the group developing the standards, to the ISO National Mirror Body (Department of Standards Malaysia) and sometime in the public domain through the National Mirror Body. These drafts are known as working (WD), committee (CD) or draft international standard (DIS) and sometimes as a final draft international standard (FDIS) and are circulated to seek comment from the relevant stakeholder groups. The comments received are considered as the next draft is being developed. This means that depending on the comments received there may be significant textual and layout changes from one draft to the next. Sometimes there may be 3 or 4 WD, 2 or 3 CD’s and 1 or 2 DIS’s and normally 1 FDIS.

SHEMSI strongly recommends that clients do not pay to attend seminars based on “potential” or “proposed” changes as they may find that the “potential” or “proposed” changes do not make the next draft and that they will have to pay again to attend a further seminar on more “potential” or “proposed” changes. The further the standards have progressed through the development chain the more stable the text and layout generally becomes however that cannot always be guaranteed. Standards at the DIS or FDIS stage are normally more likely to be close to the final version. All management system standards are now following the same (high level) structure irrespective of their scope, e.g. quality, environment, safety and health, business continuity management, etc.

Currently ISO 9001 is at the DIS stage (draft was issued on 15 May 2014) and ISO 14001 (a DIS should be issued in October 2014) and OHSAS 18001 which is likely to be replaced by ISO 45001 will hopefully be at CD stage in August 2014. In view of this SHEMSI will not be offering training in the revisions to ISO 9001, 14001 until both are at the DIS stage and 45001 is at the CD stage in the second half of the year in order to give our clients some guarantee that they will not have to pay again for further changes as the standards progress to the next draft.

Should you require further information on the content of the standards or their progress through the ISO process or wish to express an interest in attending our training later in the year please call our office at your convenience on 03-51917858.