Like all ISO standards, one of the world’s most popular quality management standards, ISO 9001, is reviewed every five years. The International Standards Organisation (ISO) is currently revising ISO 9001:2008 to ensure it is relevant and up-to-date and has now had its Draft International Standard (DIS) released. At the DIS stage all interested parties can submit feedback that will be considered before the final draft is published by the end of 2015.
The main reasons for the change as discussed in our blog in September 2013 (Major Changes to ISO 9001 on the Way for 2015) is to keep ISO 9001 relevant, reflect changes in its environment and ensure it continues to deliver “confidence in the organization’s ability to consistently provide product that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements”.
The impact of this revision will be similar to, if not greater than the 2000 edition, which was a major change for accreditation bodies, certification bodies, training organisations, implementing organisations, procurement organisations, consultants and customers.
The main changes in the new draft relate to its format and the increased importance of risk.
- The same high-level structure used by other management system standards which will help companies to implement more than one standard
- Identification of risk and risk control as requirements
- Management will be required to take a more active role in aligning quality policies with business needs
- Changes in terminology
Organizations certified to the current standard, ISO 9001:2008 will be given a three-year transition period after the new version has been published to migrate to the new edition of the standard.