Changes to
ISO 9001

We Are an ISO 9001 Accredited Lab


ISO 9001: New Requirements

Applied Technical Services’ Marietta Super Lab is an ISO 9001:2008 registered testing facility. This designation means that ISO officially recognizes that our quality assurance program operates according to the rigorous guidelines that they set down. It affirms to our clientele that we are serious about our testing and analysis services and want to ensure that they are performed to the highest standards.

The requirement for holding this registration has changed, however, and the grace period to attain registration according to the new requirements without any lapse in registration status is ending on September 14th, 2018. ATS has been preparing for the ISO 9001 changes and will be registered before the deadline with no lapse in recognized status.

About ISO 9001

ISO, formally known as the International Organization for Standardization, sets guidelines on thousands of commercial, industrial, and proprietary matters. Because these standards are recognized around the world, ISO helps member nations ensure that standards are universally applicable everywhere from Switzerland to Chile to Botswana to Indonesia.

One of the standards that the organization publishes is ISO 9001, which outlines the steps that a business can take to prime their quality management system for continual improvement. If a business requests it, ISO-approved third-party certification bodies can audit their quality assurance processes to prove their compliance with ISO 9001.

Because certain industries, sectors, and notable companies regard ISO 9001 registration as a pre-requisite for doing business with a company, many businesses find pursuing ISO 9001 registration to be a worthwhile effort.

ISO 9001 Updates

ISO updates standard 9001 periodically to retain relevance. The most current version, published in 2015, replaced the 2008 edition as the active standard. ISO continued to recognize quality management systems that were ISO 9001:2008 registered for a grace period of three years, which is coming to an end September 14th, 2018.

For registered companies to maintain their status, they must go through another full audit to demonstrate that they have implemented the changes to their quality assurance program outlined in ISO 9001:2015.

Re-Accreditation Preparation

Although we are already registered to the 2008 edition, ATS is in the process of attaining the ISO 9001:2015 registration. Our quality assurance team focused in on the differences between the requirements of the new standard and our current program; this process, called a gap analysis, allowed us to isolate the changes that we needed to make to our quality assurance system from the rest of the guidance offered by the 2015 edition. Using this information, we overhauled our existing quality assurance program to satisfy the recent changes to ISO 9001.

After the managers of every department approved the new quality assurance program, ATS implemented the changes over summer 2018. We have run multiple internal audits according to ISO 19011 to ensure that all the new protocols are being followed to the letter and have found that we are ready for the full audit. Before the end of August, ATS will have its ISO 9001 registration updated to reflect the changes we implemented as suggested by the 2015 edition. We will allow no gap in our registration status.

For all our work behind the scenes, customers may not notice any outward changes: we will continue offering the same professionalism in our business dealings, the same accurate reporting in our testing, inspection, and consulting engineering services, the same responsiveness and quick turnaround times. You can count on ATS to continue taking a closer look.

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Free QMS Webinar

ATS recently hosted a webinar in conjunction with our subsidiary, Abel Solutions, wherein we covered the topics of achieving, maintaining, and recovering compliance with the 2015 edition of ISO 9001, as well as general principles and practices behind effective quality management systems. Click here to view this webinar session for free.

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