2 Easy Ways to Keep Your ISO 9001 Compliance in Check

The ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems – Requirements set of standards ensures that the products and services your organization provides are safe, reliable, and compatible for the global market. It improves and streamlines your organizational processes to focus on quality, customer satisfaction, and can both reduce your costs and increase profit.

Before pursuing ISO accreditation, you can internally audit your system to gauge your compliance with ISO 9001:2015. You can hire an auditor, use an ISO compliance checklist, or use an ISO 9001:2015 Compliance Assessment model to rate how well your organization’s QMS currently complies with each of the standards outlined by the ISO 9001, discuss your alignment with stakeholders, and develop an action plan to address the areas of noncompliance.

Another way to evaluate your organization’s ISO compliance is by using the widely-known SWOT (or TOWS) analysis. It addresses many of the key areas involved in the ISO accreditation (see image below) and provides a roadmap for organizations and facilitators to navigate the ISO 9001:2015 requirements, whether they’re seeking ISO accreditation for the first time or transitioning from the 9001:2008 requirements to 9001:2015 (Psaila, 2017). The SWOT tool also helps translate “ISO language” into a more digestible format for others (Muil, 2014).

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Assessing ISO 9001:2015 Compliance and performing a SWOT analysis are two highly valuable tools to identify the risks and opportunities present in your quality process, and to collect evidence to create more informed, better decisions for your organization in the future.

For more information, see ISO 9001:2015 Compliance Assessment and SWOT/TOWS Analysis.  


Muil, D. (2014). The process approach to ISO 9001: Adding value by assessing existing business procedures. Quality Digest. https://www.qualitydigest.com/inside/quality-insider-article/process-approach-iso-9001.html 

Psaila, D. (2017). Benefits of using SWOT analysis tool in ISO 9001. NQA. https://www.nqa.com/en-ca/resources/blog/may-2017/benefits-of-swot-iso-9001