ISO 9001:2015 Plans

Since the publication of the minor amendment to ISO 9001 in 2008, the ISO organization has been carrying out extensive research and preparation for the next major ISO 9001 revision planned for 2015. This activity has included:

  • Participating in the work aimed at increasing the alignment of ISO’s management system standards by developing a common high-level structure, common definitions, and some common text (see my July article on New Clauses and Annex SL of the ISO Directives)
  • Studying the latest trends in quality management, including analyzing new concepts that might be considered for incorporation into future revisions of ISO 9001 and ISO 9004
  • Analyzing data from a Web-based survey of users and potential users of ISO 9001 and ISO 9004, conducted in 10 languages, with a total of 11,722 responses from 122 countries

The results of these activities, together with the systematic review of ISO 9001 that was completed in March 2012, indicated that while there is still significant satisfaction with the current version of the standard, most people consider a revision appropriate.

The revision would keep ISO 9001 relevant, reflect changes in its environment, and ensure it continues to deliver “confidence in the organization’s ability to consistently provide product that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements”.

At the first meeting of ISO/TC 176/SC 2/WG 24, Revision of ISO 9001, in June 2012, the new work item proposal for the revision of ISO 9001 was developed, together with a draft design specification and project plan. The group also developed a preliminary draft of how the new standard could look following the integration of the current version of ISO 9001 with the common text from Annex SL of the ISO Directives.

The meeting’s outputs are being circulated to SC 2 member bodies for ballot. Subject to the ballot being approved, drafting work is expected to begin in November 2012. According to the draft design specification, the revised standard should:

  • Provide a stable core set of requirements for the next 10 or more years
  • Remain generic, and relevant to all sizes and types of organization operating in any sector
  • Maintain the current focus on effective process management to produce desired outcomes
  • Take account of changes in quality management systems practices and technology since the last major revision in 2000
  • Reflect changes in the increasingly complex, demanding, and dynamic environments in which organizations operate
  • Apply Annex SL of the ISO Directives to enhance compatibility and alignment with other ISO management system standards
  • Facilitate effective organizational implementation and effective conformity assessment by first, second, and third parties
  • Use simplified language and writing styles to aid understanding and consistent interpretations of its requirements

The proposed timeline for development of ISO 9001:2015 is shown below:

December 2012 – Approved Working Draft (WD)
April 2013 – Committee Draft (CD) for comment and ballot
March 2014 -Draft International Standard (DIS) for ballot
November 2014 – Draft of Final Draft International Standard (FDIS)
January 2015 – Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) for ballot
September 2015 – Publication of ISO 9001:2015