ISO 9001:2015 Revision Update

As a participant in the ISO/TC 176 process, NQA will continuously provide our customers with updated information regarding changes to the ISO 9001 standard.
The ISO 9001 QMS standard is currently being reviewed for revision and is slated for release in late 2015.  In keeping with the approved time table, the Committee Draft (ISO/CD 9001) was recently released in June 2013.  The expectation is to have comments complete on this draft in September 2013, to be followed by the release of the Draft International Standard (DIS) in 2014, and then the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) and published International Standard both in 2015.  Sector-specific QMS standards such as AS9100, ISO 13485, and TL 9000 will likely be revised in conjunction with this ‘base standard’ change, but each industry body/user group will make those determinations on their own.
While many of the proposed details are not yet set in stone, some likely changes are worth mentioning at this time and are outlined below.
The first thing users will notice will be a significant structural change.  This change will modify the current 1 through 8 set-up, moving to a 1 through 10 structure.  While this may seem to be a sizable expansion, in reality many of the same requirements exist but have simply been re-organized.
The reasoning behind this restructure is a larger push to align all future ISO management system standards under the new ‘Annex SL’ model.  Once complete, organizations having multiple management system deployments will find it much easier to align and integrate requirements for varied standards such as ISO 9001ISO 14001,ISO 27001ISO 22301, etc.
The high-level layout will be as follows:
  1. Scope
  2. Normative References
  3. Terms and Definitions
  4. Context of the Organization
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Operation
  9. Performance Evaluation
  10. Improvement
As your partner in certification and a participant in the ISO/TC 176 process, NQA plans to stay attuned to this pending revision and make valuable information available to our clients on a regular basis.  Be sure to book mark this blog, follow us on social media outlets, or subscribe to our newsletter to ensure that you receive future communications. Additionally, keep an eye out for our Customer Seminar Series. We will announce details  and locations as the changes to the standard become finalized.

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