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As part of its ongoing revision and development process, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has been preparing for the next major revision to ISO 9001 (the last, minor amendment to the Standard was made in 2008). The ISO Working Group (TC176/SC2/WG24) is currently forecasting final publication in the last quarter of 2015. Before then, however, there are a number of preparatory stages which have to be carried out.

ISO 9001 REVISION TIMETABLE

The current ISO timeline anticipates that a draft version of the revised Standard (DIS) will be available in Q2 of 2014. Subject to comment and voting on its content, a final draft version (FDIS) could be available during the final quarter of 2014 with publication of the revised version in 2015.

Following the adoption by ISO of ‘Annex SL’ in 2012, all technical committees developing management system standards have to use the same structure, terms and definitions. Management system standards have already been published using this harmonized structure (e.g. ISO 20121:2012, Event Sustainability Management Systems) and ISO 9001 will follow this new format during its revision process. Under this new format, the revised version of ISO 9001 will have ten tentative sections:

  1. Scope
  2. Normative references: Both of these sections will have wording that is specific to the Standard (including its intended outcome)
  3. Terms and definitions: This will reference the common terms and core definitions outlined in Annex SL as well as any which are specific solely to QMS
  4. Context of the organisation: This section will include requirements relating to understanding the organisation implementing the Standard, the needs and expectations of interested parties, the scope of its QMS and the QMS itself.
  5. Leadership: Top management leadership and commitment, the QMS policy, as well as organisational roles, responsibilities and authorities.
  6. Planning: Actions to address risks and opportunities, QMS objectives and plans to achieve them.
  7. Support: Resources needed for the QMS, personnel competence and awareness, communication and documented information.
  8. Operation: Operational planning and control.
  9. Performance evaluation: Monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation, internal audit and management review.
  10. Improvement: Non-conformity, corrective action and continual improvement.

REVISED CONTENT

Apparently, a new structure for ISO 9001 will be established. However, the precise requirements and specific contents of ISO 9001:2015 are yet to be confirmed at this revision stage.

FUTURE UPDATES FROM SGS

Further information and updates on the development of ISO 9001:2015 will be announced in upcoming SGS seminars, emails and press-releases in 2013. Please keep an eye on us!

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