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ISO 9001, the world's leading quality management standard, is under revision, with an updated version due by the end of 2015.

ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems Revision

ISO 9001, the world’s leading quality management standard, is under revision, with an updated version due by the end of 2015.

All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to establish if a revision is required to keep it current and relevant for the marketplace. The future ISO 9001:2015 will respond to the latest trends and be compatible with other management systems such as ISO 14001.

ISO 9001 is currently at the Final Draft International Stage (FDIS), the fifth stage of a six stage process, whereby the ISO subcommittee revising the standard will now go through all the comments received during the DIS vote in order to produce a final draft which will then be put forward to all ISO members for voting.

Once all comments have been considered a final draft will be produced and put forward to ISO members for voting.  ISO 9001:2015 is due to be published by the end of 2015.

The new version will follow a new, higher level structure to make it easier to use in conjunction with other management system standards, with increased importance given to risk.

Changes to structure and consistency among other ISO standards are arguably the most provocative additions to ISO 9001: 2015. Here is a short list of some of the other that are anticipated:

  • Ten main clauses in the standard, not seven as in ISO 9001: 2008
  • Structure changed to harmonize all standards in the future.
  • The Process Approach to be embedded in requirements.
  • Even greater emphasis on risk management
  • Focus on valueto the organization and customers
  • Addition of organizational context for quality managers
  • Changes to document control requirements (e.g., no quality manual required)
  • Expanded role of leadership
  • Emphasis on “external provisions” instead of outsourcing

These are some of the changes that have appeared in early drafts of the standard, but there is no absolute guarantee that all of these adjustments will make the final publication in 2015.

As can be seen risk management is now an important aspect of any sound quality management system, and ISO 9001: 2015 will only reinforce this strategy. Specifically, risk management must now extend to the “external provision of goods and services” (i.e., outsourcing), which an organization may already have in place. If risk management has not been included in evaluation of suppliers this change should be anticipated in ISO 9001:2015.