ISO 9001 is the world’s top quality management standard. It was recently revised, and an updated version was released late last year.
ISO 9001 was revised for ISO 9001: 2015 because all ISO standards undergo revisions every five years. This helps to guarantee that it is updated and relevant in the market. The revised version of the ISO standard will include a response to the newest trends. Also, it will be compatible with various other management systems, such as the ISO 14001, for example.
In terms of the revision process of the ISO-9001 to ISO 9001: 2015, it’s currently at the FDIS, or Final Draft International Stage. This is the fifth stage in the process that includes six stages. The ISO subcommittee that is required to revise the stand will review all of the comments it received throughout the DIS vote. This will help the subcommittee to create a final draft. Afterwards, it will be submitted to all members of the ISO, who will vote on it.
After this step, the ISO 9001: 2015 will be published by the end of the year, and likely sometime in September 2015. The new version of the ISO standard will adhere to new and higher level structure. This will make it easier for companies to use in along with other management system standards. However, more importance will be placed on risk. The new standard will be based on Annex SL. More info about the changes to the 2015’s ISO 9001 can be located in the news area.
Companies certified to ISO 9001: 2008 will be provided a transition period lasting three years, following the published of the revision. During these three years organizations will be required to move their quality management system to the ISO 9002 new edition of the standard.
The last major revision to the ISO 9000 was in 2000. Technology has changed significantly since then. In fact, it has changed virtually every aspect of our lives. The new revised standard of ISO 9001 will focus on Quality and Continuous Improvement into one’s business. This involves various factors such as Leaderships, Risk & Opportunity Management, and an Integrated Approach.
With the new standards implemented, organizations will discover that it is easier to use their quality management system into the central business processes, and earn increased business to their business.
If companies are interested in learning more about the current draft of ISO 9001: 2015 they are located at the ISO store. Organizations can also find more detailed info regarding the revision at the Technical Committee of ISO or if applicable by contacting their ISO 9001 consulting firm. Even though it is not the final version of the ISO standard, this will help organizations to know the general new standards that will be required. Finally, organizations can continue to visit the ISO website. There they can find regular updates provided up to the final publication of the ISO standards.
It is important to note that the ISO 9001: 2008 is still valid. In fact, companies can still benefit from using and certification against it.