Revision of ISO 9001 For 2015

Understanding ISO 9001:2015

Since its first publication in 1987, ISO 9000 has consistently been viewed as the most popular series among ISO’s established standards.  To ensure that it will remain successful and useful in the coming years, the ISO technical committee is currently preparing the groundwork for the next batch of quality management standards.

Women doing product management and inspection
Looking back, ISO 9000 has provided a firm platform wherein different organizations can discuss quality and better product management actively. By expanding its scope by defining the requirements for improved quality management systems in ISO 9001, it has further facilitated world trade.  As part of its development process, ISO has been working on ISO 9001’s major revision. The final publication is estimated to be released in 2015 — ISO 9001:2015.

ISO 9001: 2015’s revision is said to include structural changes.  Following the adoption of Annex SL by ISO in 2012, it has been decided that all common terms and definitions of previously published management system standards using this harmonized structure have to be retained during the revision stage.

The content of ISO 9001:2015 is also assumed to cover the following (among other things):

  • A core set of requirements that will prove to be reliable for the next ten years or more- The requirements would have to remain relevant and generic so that organizations, in any sectors, willing to apply for it will be able to comply.  
  • Effective process management – The capacity to recognize and maintain dependable methods to produce desired results.
  • Changes that have occurred in the past several years– The dynamic developments that have taken place since the last major revision in year 2000, regarding technology and practices, will be explained.  Changes regarding the demanding environment by which organizations operate will be reflected as well.

The draft specification of ISO 9001:2015 should, above all things, make the progress of organizational implementation quick and third-parties’ conformity assessments more manageable. However, before anything is set or finalized, there are various stages that have to be carried out first in order to safeguard the credibility and competence of the said management tool.

The timeline determined for the development of ISO 9001:2015 is considerably conservative in terms of approach and is expected to take three years.  This is to give way to the extensive discussions and output exchanges that will transpire among involved parties from different sectors. Strategic activities, such as researches and systematic reviews, are necessary to maximize the organization’s capability to deliver quality products that guarantee customers’ satisfaction.

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