ISO/DIS 9001:2015, Clause 0.4

ISO 9001:2008 only mentions the PDCA cycle in a Note within clause 0.2 on the Process Approach.  The draft ISO 9001:2015 standard gives PDCA its very own section.

Clause 0.4 states that the PDCA methodology can be applied to all processes and to the quality management system as a whole. It also states that the ISO 9001 clauses broadly follow the PDCA cycle as summarized below:

Plan: establish objectives and resources
Do: implement what was planned
Check: monitor, measure, and report results
Act: take actions to improve process performance

A diagram has been added to illustrate how a single process within the quality management system can be managed using the PDCA cycle.