Documentation Requirements

The Guidance on the Documentation Requirements of ISO 9001:2000 explains why there has been a reduction in the required documentation with the new standard. The primary reason is to allow more flexibility in the way an organization chooses to document its quality management system. This means you can develop the minimum amount of documentation needed to show effective planning, operation, and control of your processes, as well as, the continual improvement of the system.

The guidance points out that ISO 9001 has always required a “documented system”, not a “system of documents”. However, it reminds us of the value of documentation to communicate information, provide evidence of conformity, and share experience. The guidance lists the required documents and required records.

To see the documentation guidance, go to: <http://www.iso.ch/iso/en/iso9000-14000/iso9000/2000rev7.html>.