ISO 9000 - Quality management

ISO 9001 is being updated!

ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems is under review.

The final updated version is expected by the end of September 2015. Learn more about the revision of ISO 9001:2015

The ISO 9000 family addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best known standards. The standards provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements, and that quality is consistently improved.

Standards in the ISO 9000 family include:

ISO 9001:2008

ISO 9001:2008 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to (although this is not a requirement). It can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity. In fact ISO 9001:2008 is implemented by over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries.

This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. These principles are explained in more detail in the pdf Quality Management Principles. Using ISO 9001:2008 helps ensure that customers get consistent, good quality products and services, which in turn brings many business benefits.

Certification to ISO 9001:2008

Checking that the system works is a vital part of ISO 9001:2008. An organization must perform internal audits to check how its quality management system is working. An organization may decide to invite an independent certification body to verify that it is in conformity to the standard, but there is no requirement for this. Alternatively, it might invite its clients to audit the quality system for themselves. Read more about certification to management system standards.

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ISO 9001 – What does it mean in the supply chain?

Brochure with details of how to use ISO 9001 in the supply chain

Useful publications

Selection and use of the ISO 9000 family of standards

An overview of this collection of quality management standards and how they form a basis for continual improvement.

ISO 9001 for Small Businesses. What to do

Written by a group of ISO/TC 176 experts, this handbook has been updated to take account of ISO 9001:2008, which gives the requirements for quality management systems.

The integrated use of management system standards

This handbook provides guidance on integrating the requirements of multiple management system standards.

Support for implementing ISO 9001:2008

ISO 9001:2008 is published by ISO technical committee (TC) ISO/TC 176, sub-committee 2. When the standard was revised and updated in 2008 the TC prepared some guidance documents to help organizations and companies implement the revised version of the standard.

More information can also be found on the website run by ISO TC/176/SC2. Please note that this is an external link.

Auditing ISO 9001

Support on auditing quality management systems can be found on the website of the ISO 9001 Auditing Practices Group. This is an informal group of quality management system experts, auditors and practitioners from ISO/TC 176 and the International Accreditation Forum.


Vote starts on final draft of ISO 9001

Management system standard ISO 9001 has reached the final stage of the revision process. ISO member countries have 2 months to form a national position and vote on the latest draft of the standard before the 9 September deadline.

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ISO 9001 revision moves on to final stage

A recent vote approved the latest draft of the revised ISO 9001 on quality management systems. The document can now progress to the next stage of the ISO standard development process.



ISO 9000: Views from the users


Can I find out if a particular company has been certified?
Not from ISO directly: ISO does not issue certificates. Certificates are issued independently of ISO by certification bodies and there is no central database of all these certifications. If you know which certification body delivered the certification you can contact them directly. The ISO member for your country may also be able to help you.

I want to be an ISO 9000 auditor: where can I get training?
Contact the ISO member for your country, which may be able to point you in the direction of a relevant training scheme. Any certification or registration bodies operating in your country should also be able to advise you.