The Role of Leadership in ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 by Chad Kymal, CTO and Founder of Omnex and President of Omnex Systems

by Chad Kymal published on July 14, 2020

ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2015 have clear expectations for top management. Not only is top management accountable for the “effectiveness” of the QMS and EMS, they now have specific tasks ranging from establishing objectives to supporting relevant managers in their roles. Both standards require that management integrate the requirements into the “organization’s business process”, creating the immediate need for an Integrated Management System (IMS). In the QMS, they will need to work on the planning process, to ensure that the QMS/ EMS meet the intended outcomes, as well as to establish performance objectives.

The High-Level Structure, or HLS, leads to common expectations for top management across several management system standards (MSS). In addition to Section 5.0 Leadership in the high-level structure, there are many areas that top management must tackle in the implementation and maintenance of the standard that is of a strategic nature or that which is “required” of them. See the island on High-Level Structure and Annex SL.


Chad Kymal

Chad Kymal is the CTO and Founder of Omnex Inc. He is the author of seven books and more than 100 papers including several on integrated management systems. Chad is currently on the writing committees for several standards including TC 22/ SC 32/WG 8 for ISO 26262 (Functional Safety), ISO/TC 176 for ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management), ISO/TC 207 for ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management), and PC283 for ISO 45001 (Health and Safety Management Systems). He founded and was the CEO of an Automotive registrar for over 10 years and is familiar with conducting audits, being witnessed for audits, and also evaluating auditors and assessors. He authored and teaches a course for 3rd Party Auditors for Automotive Registrars on behalf of International Automotive Certification Bodies Association (IACBA). This course explains how 3rd Party Auditors audit IATF 16949 in an environment that includes ASPICE, Functional Safety and Product Cybersecurity. He is currently rolling out the course to global 3rd Party Auditors for IATF 16949. Chad has spent over 20 years in system, hardware and software development in various capacities. He assesses and works in automotive system, hardware and software for Agile, ASPICE, and Functional Safety ISO 26262. Chad is also currently an intacsTM certified Principal Assessor for Automotive SPICE.