Next ISO 9001 Edition Delayed to 2009

The planned publication date for the next revision of ISO 9001 and ISO 9004 was to be third quarter of 2008. Since the working drafts for these standards were not approved for elevation to committee drafts at the recent ISO/TC 176/SC2 meeting, the new projected date for their publication is mid 2009.

The next ISO 9001 is being referred to as an Amendment and the next ISO 9004 as a Revision. Although not formal ISO terms, they are being used to convey the level of expected changes to the standards.

The ISO 9001 amendment will be limited to clarifications. The document is expected to retain all the clause numbers and titles from the 2000 edition. The ISO 9004 revision is expected to include more substantive changes to encourage more usage.