ISO 9001:2015 Transition Help – Planning and Risk

Our previous blog post highlighted the three key areas holding businesses
up in their transition to ISO 9001:2015. These three areas were:

Having covered context of the organisation already, this week we will be looking to address Planning and Risk, what it means and why organisations are struggling to deal with it.

Planning and Risk

Just under a quarter of issues identified in transition readiness reports were related to businesses failing to meet Planning and Risk requirements.

  • Businesses failed to demonstrate that they were using their understanding of the context of the organisation to inform risk identification. Where risks are identified there’s a lack of ownership in achieving plans to mitigate risk.
  • High level objectives are not followed through to relevant objectives and plans at lower levels of the organisation to ensure that they are delivered. Reviews of progress towards objectives are frequently set at fixed intervals and do not respect the requirements of individual objectives.
  • Organisations lacked processes for the planning and oversight of change in the organisation and maintaining the integrity of the management system during planned changes.

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WLP have been helping businesses with quality management systems for many years and have achieved a successful transition to ISO 9001:2015 ourselves.