What next for ISO 9001- The Quality Management Standard
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This system is probably the most well-known standard in the
world and provides confidence for customers that their quality needs
will be satisfied and that the product or service will meet their
With its origins based on the Defence Standards through to AQAP (Allied
Quality Assurance Publications) and BS5750, finishing up as the truly
International ISO9001. The current version is ISO 9001:2008.
It has been the policy of the International Standards Organisation
(ISO) to review and update standards on a regular basis.
A review was carried out in March 2012 which decided that it still was
fit for purpose for the time being. However the ISO/TC176/SC2
(the committee responsible for updating the Standard) met in Bilbao in
Spain on June 2012 to start the process of updating the ISO 9001 and
its complementary standard ISO 9004.
However this is not going to be completed any time soon, like most
update schedules the ISO committee have produced a preliminary time
June 2012 the draft design and strategic plan
The draft specification:
- The main task was to provide a core set of requirements
that would be valid for another ten years or so.
- Continue to remain generic and relevant to organisations of
all sizes and types
- Maintain focus on effective process management
- Ensure the standard reflects changes in quality management
- Ensure that the standard meets the changing requirements
- Ensure that the standard remains compatible with other ISO
- Facilitates effective implementation by organisations and
effective conformity assessment by first, second and third parties
- To use simplified language and writing styles to improve
the ease of use and understanding of the standard.
December 2012 Draft design approved
April 2013 First committee draft for
March 2014 First draft ballot
November 2014 Final Draft for public comment
June 2015 Final draft ballot
and if all goes to plan
September 2015 - Publication
It is encouraging that this standard, which was the basis of
all the management standards, will be kept up to date and will continue
to be the most effective and visible quality management standard across
About the Author
Chris Eden FIBC, MISSA, ACQI is a director of Quality Matters
Limited an established independent management consultancy based in
Essex, UK which specialises in ISO9001 Quality Management
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