Major changes in the 2008 vs. 2015 ISO standard received by Vortex include emphasis on top-down leadership and communication.
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SALINA, KANSAS, U.S. – Vortex was certified to the ISO 9001:2015 standard this November. Previously, the company was certified under the ISO 9001:2008 standard, and has been ISO-certified for more than 10 years.

ISO 9001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for a management system. By gaining ISO 9001:2015 certification, ISO 9001 acknowledges that Vortex has demonstrated the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

Among the major changes of ISO 9001:2015 versus ISO 9001:2008 was a transition of emphasis from “preventive actions” and “required documentation” to “top-down leadership and communication” and “business opportunity/risk assessment.” This communication emphasis includes more open communication with customers and suppliers, and greater information transparency within the organization and its shareholders. Over time, Vortex said it will gather data on the effectiveness of these communication channels and refine its approaches to best communicate with internal and external audiences.

To improve internal transparency, Vortex top management created a document to assess both short-term and long-term opportunities and risks for the company’s operations, and developed strategies for how those opportunities and risks will be approached to improve the business, the company said. Vortex top management also developed a long-term business plan to provide employees and stakeholders with a clear understanding of the company’s goals and strategic objectives for the future.

“By making these revisions in our management processes, we hope to continue building customer trust and piece-of-mind around our improving operations,” said Mark Sander, standards manager at Vortex. “By keeping current on ISO standards, we are able to use their guidelines as a road map for how to most efficiently operate our business, while also being focused on continuous improvement opportunities. The end goal for each of these changes made by top management is to improve satisfaction among Vortex employees, its customers and its suppliers.”