ISO 90003:2014

ISO 90003:2014, “Software engineering – Guidelines for the application of ISO 9001:2008 to computer software” has been published. It provides guidance for organizations in the application of ISO 9001:2008 to the acquisition, supply, development, operation, and maintenance of computer software and related support services.

ISO 90003:2014 does not add to or otherwise change the requirements of ISO 9001:2008. The guidelines provided in ISO 90003:2014 are not intended to be used as assessment criteria in quality management system certification.

The application of ISO 90003:2014 is appropriate to software that is:

  • 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.

Some organizations may be involved in all the above activities; others may specialize in one area. Whatever the situation, the organization’s quality management system should cover all aspects (software related and non-software related) of the business.

ISO 90003:2014 identifies the issues that should be addressed and is independent of the technology, life cycle models, development processes, sequence of activities, and organizational structure used by an organization. Additional guidance and frequent references to software engineering standards are provided to assist in the application of ISO 9001:2008, and in particular, ISO 12207:2008.

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