ISO 9001 Revision
It is anticipated that towards the end of 2015 the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will issue an updated version of the Quality Management System (QMS) standard, ISO 9001.
As with all management system standards, ISO 9001 periodically goes through a comprehensive review process. The review process ensures that the standard continues to meet the needs and demands of QMS interested parties.
As part of the review, the ISO Review Committee has released for comment the first committee draft (CD) for ISO 9001. Feedback on this has completed and a revised CD is being used by the ISO committee, but this will not be available for comment.
The next document available for comment will be the Draft International Standard (DIS), due for release in April/May 2014 followed by the Final DIS (FDIS) planned for July 2015 with the new standard being scheduled for issue in September 2015.
ISO 9001:2015 Structure
As expected, the ISO 9001 update will be modeled around the high level structure and common language that ISO has developed. ISO Directive Annex SL is now mandatory for all international management system standards and continues to be based on the ‘plan – do – check – act’ methodology – albeit with a slightly revised layout:
- Normative references
- Terms and definitions
- Context of the organization
- Performance evaluation
The new format will not alter the requirements of the standard, but will help standardise the language and management approaches. Annex SL ensures there is at least 30% common text between each management system standard through the promotion of identical clause titles, sequence of clause titles, text and definitions.
Proposals for ISO 9001:2015
When comparing the changes that were introduced at the last update of ISO 9001 in 2008, to the changes that are currently being refined and finalised, it is clear that the new content that will form the basis of ISO 9001:2015 will have far greater impact on organisations.
The anticipated changes are being labelled by the ISO committee as significant. To fully grasp how significant the proposed changes are, it is necessary to look each of the proposed changes and then their potential impact this may have on the organisation. Richard Crute Morris, Head of Technical Management, has written a white paper, ‘The new ISO 9001 draft standard – What does the future hold?’ outlining the changes to enable organisations to understand how significant these changes will be.