The Year 2000 revisions of ISO's world famous ISO 9000 series of quality management standards have progressed to the stage of Draft International Standards (DIS) and are expected to be published in late November-December 1999.

The drafts of ISO 9000, ISO 9001 and ISO 9004 are being circulated to ISO's national member institutes for a five-month ballot which should be completed by the second half of April 2000. The draft standards are publicly available documents which can be obtained from ISO members (a full list is posted on ISO's Web site: www.iso.ch).

If the ballot is positive, the documents are due to be published - with any further modifications resulting from comments received during the ballot period - as Final Draft International Standards in the third quarter of 2000, with publication as fully fledged International Standards in the fourth quarter of 2000.

The documents progressed from their status as second Committee Drafts (CD2's) to the DIS stage at the 17th meeting of ISO Technical Committee ISO/TC 176, Quality management and quality assurance, held from 9-20 September 1999, in San Francisco, USA. The meeting was attended by more than 300 delegates from 40 countries.

Work on the future joint quality and environmental auditing standard, ISO 19011, also moved ahead and the document progressed from Working Draft (WD) to CD status. After a four-month comment period, the document will be reviewed in March 2000 by the Joint Working Group (JWG) composed of members of ISO/TC 176 and ISO/TC 207, Environmental management, which is responsible for the ISO 14000 family of environmental management standards. A CD2 will then be issued for internal voting within the committees. Target date for a DIS 19011 is November 2000 and the final publication of the standard is targeted for the third quarter of 2001.

The revised ISO 9000 core series will consist of three documents:

  • ISO 9000, Quality fundamentals and vocabulary
  • ISO 9001, Quality management systems - Requirements (this will replace the current ISO 9001, ISO 9002 and ISO 9003)
  • ISO 9004, Quality management systems - Guidance for performance improvement.

In addition to some 4 600 comments received on the CD2's of ISO 9001 and ISO 9004, ISO/TC 176 considered an analysis of responses from more than 330 organizations from 31 countries. This direct input from users was gleaned via a validation programme to determine if the revised standards will meet user needs.

The next meeting of ISO/TC 176 will be held in July 2000 in Kyoto, Japan.

Regularly updated information on the Year 2000 revisions of the ISO 9000 standards is posted on ISO's Web site (www.iso.org) and on the open access site of ISO/TC 176 Subcommittee 2 (www.bsi.org.uk/iso-tc176-sc2). General information on the ISO 9000 standards can also be found on the Web site of ISO/TC176 (www.tc176.org).