ISO 9001 is undergoing the periodic revision standards generally go through every 3 to 5 years to ensure they are relevant and up-to-date. The new edition, expected in 2015, will feature some important changes.
Dr. Nigel Croft, Chair of the ISO subcommittee that is revising ISO 9001, explains what are the main changes and next steps in the revision
The latest draft (Draft International Standard – DIS) was put to vote according to ISO procedures and received nearly 90% approval, which is enough for it to progress to the next stage: Final Draft International Standard (FDIS).
Experts in 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 for voting. Once approved, the standard can then be published.
"We are on the right track, and we are on schedule for publication,"says Nigel Croft, Chair of the ISO subcommittee revising the standard. He adds, "The new version is very strongly based on three basic core concepts: that process approach which was very successful in the 2008 version of the standard superimposed on that system of processes is the plan-do-check act methodology, and a third core concept which is new in the 2015 version is risk based thinking, aiming at preventing undesirable outcomes."
ISO 9001 is one of ISO’s most well-known standards, with more than 1.1 million certificates worldwide. It provides requirements to help companies demonstrate that they can offer their customers consistent, good quality products and services. It also provides a framework to help them streamline their processes and become more efficient at what they do. ISO 9001 can be used by organizations of all types and sizes. The standard has inspired a series of documents for sector-specific applications including for the automotive sector, the medical sector, local governments and more.