ISO 9001:2015, 8.6

Previous newsletter articles have described the ISO/DIS 9001:2015 planned requirements and changes for clause 4 (Context of the Organization), clause 5 (Leadership), clause 6 (Planning for the Quality Management System), and Clause 7 (Support).

Clause 8, Operation, has seven sub-clauses:

8.1 Operational Planning and Control
8.2 Determination of Requirements for Products and Services
8.3 Design and Development of Products and Services
8.4 Control of Externally Provided Products and Services
8.5 Production and Service Provision
8.6 Release of Products and Services
8.7 Control of Nonconforming Process Outputs, Products, and Services

This article is on 8.6 Release of Products and Services.

8.6 Release of Products and Services


Implement planned arrangements at appropriate stages to verify product and service requirements have been met. Retain evidence of conformity with acceptance criteria.

Do not release products and services to the customer until the planned arrangements for verification of conformity have been satisfactorily completed (unless otherwise approved by a relevant authority and, as applicable, by customer).

Provide documented information for traceability to the person(s) authorizing release of products and services for delivery to the customer.


  • Replaces old clause 8.2.4 on Monitoring and Measurement of Product
  • Expands on old clause 7.5.1.f on product release
  • More focus on “release”, but “verifying” products and services is still a requirement