Early Adopter - The Successful Transition of Multiple Certifications

Steve Alvanas, Quality Programs Manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

Keywords: Transitioning to new standard, Integrated Management Systems, Research and Development

Industry: All

Level: Intermediate

ABSTRACT

As early adopters of the newly issued 2015 standards, this presentation will chronical our journey of preparation, implementation, and successful registration. Learn how the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) managed all of the hype and angst related to the revised standards and took a systematic approach to make a successful transition and maintain registration for its integrated management system for ISO-9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001. ORNL has maintained these three integrated registrations since 2010. When revisions the ISO standards were issued in September 2015, ORNL quickly developed a plan to understand the changes, performed a gap analysis, implemented the changes, and successfully reregistered to the new standards. This presentation will look at our approach to addressing risk based thinking, organizational knowledge, context of the organization and engagement of interested parties. Lessons learned will be identified that will benefit those in attendance.

ORNL is one of the few National Laboratories that have successfully integrated quality, environmental and safety management system registrations to further support world-class research. ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle, a partnership of the University of Tennessee and Battelle Memorial Institute. ORNL s diverse portfolio supports U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) missions in scientific discovery and innovation, clean energy, and nuclear security. ORNL is the largest and most diverse of the DOE science and energy laboratories.

The discussion will include a brief overview of the Laboratory and the diversity of its research activities. A historical perspective of achievement of the national and international registrations will be discussed as well as the process to address the changes to the 2015 ISO standards. Information will be provided regarding the discussions and interpretations before and during the registration assessment. Dialog from our registration assessment will be shared to provide insight on how a registrar might interpret the new requirements in the standards and how to address their expectations.


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“ISO 9001 is used by millions of people and organisations around the world and the upcoming 2015 revision will have a big impact on those who work with the standard.

The impact of this revision will be similar to, if not greater than the 2000 edition, which was a major change for accreditation bodies, certification bodies, training organisations, implementing organisations, procurement organisations, consultants and customers.”

An excerpt from IRCA Resources on “ISO 9001: IRCA Supporting the 2015 Revision”, October 2013