Risks and Opportunities – Making Plans to Address

Risks and Opportunities are managed on a daily basis at every company.

Everyone evaluates risks and opportunities every time they make a decision.  It is all about weighing the probability of a positive outcome versus the impact or cost of a negative outcome from an action taken.

An addition to the ISO 9001:2015 requirements, compared to previous versions of ISO 9001, is to understand and take action to address the risks and opportunities for your QMS.  This can be done however you want, and many companies will perform a SWOT analysis as a way to identify business strengths and weaknesses, but the important factor in realizing profit is deciding what actions you will take.  A SWOT or Strengths, Weaknesses,

By identifying the risks and opportunities that are applicable to your company, and deciding what actions you will take, if any, to address these, you will be able to find ways to limit the negative impacts of potential problems and also capitalize on the opportunities that can lead you into new sales markets or product lines. Properly acting on risks and opportunities can realize great profit for your company and help resolve a fundamental requirement in ISO 9001:2015 for “risk based thinking”.

Risks and Opportunities play a role in continual improvement and should be “plugged in” to your regular improvement processes where specifically enumerated in the ISO 9001:2015 standard.  Prior to approving and implementing a quality plan, corrective action, non-conformance, design and development plan are all areas that require “risk based thinking”.  These quality processes (and more) are required and used by most companies who apply a formal and organized risks and opportunities procedure.

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Kevin Gholston

Kevin Gholston

Subject Matter Expert in MIL-STD-810, ITAR & Export-Compliance and Quality including ISO9001:2015, AS9100D and AAR M-1003

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