ISO 9001:2000 Planned for Publication in December

The Year 2000 revisions of the ISO 9000 quality management standards moved to the final development stage with their publication on September 14, 2000 as Final Draft International Standards (FDIS) by ISO (International Organization for Standardization).

The revised standards were distributed to the national standards institutes that make up ISO’s worldwide membership for a two-month ballot, closing on November 14, 2000. If at least 75 % of the member votes are cast in favor, the documents will be published as full-fledged International Standards in December 2000.

At the FDIS stage of development, the ISO members are asked to vote for or against the standards, with no further substantive modification of the texts. So, barring minor editorial changes, the FDIS versions will closely resemble the final documents.

Guidance to assist organizations in planning the transition to the new ISO 9000 versions, as well as, answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the revisions, are posted on the ISO web site:  http://www.iso.ch

The three published standards at the FDIS level are:

  • ISO/FDIS 9000, Quality management systems –
    Fundamentals and vocabulary.
  • ISO/FDIS 9001, Quality management systems –
    Requirements.
  • ISO/FDIS 9004, Quality management systems –
    Guidelines for performance improvements.

The ISO 9000 family of International Standards is among the most widely known and successful series of the almost 13,000 standards published by ISO since it began operations in 1947.

The ISO 9000 standards have become an international reference for quality requirements in business-to-business dealings and form the basis for some 350,000 quality management systems within private and public sector organizations in at least 150 countries.