ISO/TR 90005 for Applying ISO 9001

The new ISO/TR 90005:2008, Systems Engineering – Guidelines for the Application of ISO 9001 to System Life Cycle Processes, will be a valuable tool for applying the ISO 9001:2000 requirements to the acquisition, supply, development, operation, and maintenance of IT systems and related support services.

ISO/TR 90005 adopts the IT system life cycle processes of ISO 15288 as a starting point for system development, operation, or maintenance, and identifies the equivalent requirements in ISO 9001:2000 that have a bearing on the implementation of ISO 15288.

ISO/TR 90005 identifies the issues that should be addressed independent of technology, life cycle models, development processes, sequence of activities, or organizational structure. It discusses each activity in ISO 15288 in terms of how it relates to sections of ISO 9001:2000.

The tables of ISO/TR 90005 enable a quick comparison of the different treatment of systems in ISO 15288 and ISO 9001, and explanatory texts help the user to understand why a particular relationship is cited. The guidelines do not in any way add or change the requirements of ISO 9001:2000 and are not intended to be used as assessment criteria in quality management system certification.

ISO/TR 90005:2008 is appropriate to systems that are

  • part of a commercial contract with another organization
  • a product available for a market sector
  • used to support the processes of an organization
  • embedded in a hardware product, or
  • related to software services.

The technical report recognizes that while some organizations may be involved in all of the above activities; others may specialize in only one area. Whatever the situation, an organization’s quality management system should cover all aspects of the business – both systems related and non-systems related.

For the development, operation, and maintenance of software, guidance is given in the companion document ISO 90003:2004, Software Engineering – Guidelines for the Application of ISO 9001:2000 to Computer Software. And, organizations with quality management systems for developing, operating, or maintaining systems based on ISO/TR 90005 may choose to use processes from both ISO 15288 and ISO 12207,Systems and Software Engineering – Software Life Cycle Processes, to support or complement the ISO 9001:2000 process model.

ISO/TR 90005:2008, Systems Engineering – Guidelines for the Application of ISO 9001 to System Life Cycle Processes, is available at this ANSI web page.

NOTE: ISO 15288, Systems and Software Engineering – System Life Cycle Processes, offers a portfolio of generic processes for the optimal management of all stages in the life of any product or service, in any sector. ISO 15288 has been revised in 2008. However, the change in content is not related to technical aspects, but rather to harmonization with ISO 12207, Systems and Software Engineering – Software Life Cycle Processes.