ISO 9001:2015 Management Review

The primary change in Management Review requirements from clause 5.6 in ISO 9001:2008 to clause 9.3 in the Committee Draft of ISO 9001:2015 is shown below:

“Management review shall be planned and carried out, taking into account the changing business environment and in alignment with the strategic direction of the organization.”

So, the new requirement is to plan and conduct your management reviews considering the changing business conditions and to align the reviews with your organizational strategies.

Clause 9.3 continues to address management review inputs and outputs, but no longer has separate sub-clauses to cover these requirements. One addition to the review inputs is consideration of any supplier and external provider issues.

Other than some rewording, the other required inputs and outputs remain very similar to those listed in ISO 9001:2008. For example, a current input is to review the status of preventive and corrective actions. The related requirement in ISO 9001:2015 is to review nonconformities and corrective actions.

A current requirement is for review outputs to include any decisions and actions on improving the effectiveness of the system and its processes, improving the product, or dealing with resource needs. ISO 9001:2015 revises the requirement to include in the review outputs any decisions related to improvement opportunities and any need for changes to the system. ISO 9001:2015 also states documented information must be retained as evidence of the review results, including any actions taken.

Updating your Management Review process for the new clause numbering and restated requirements planned for clause 9.3 should be straightforward. However, other changes may be introduced in the interim DIS and FDIS versions, as well as, the final published version of the ISO 9001:2015 standard.