Upcoming ISO Changes at a Glance

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January 02, 2015

The 2015 version of ISO 9001 has been in the works with the technical committee since 2012, current ISO 9001:2008 registrants are wondering about the reasons for the revision and what changes might occur in the new release.

There won’t be any changes to the current requirements, but the ISO Technical Committee 176 is working to standardize the language used. Aside from that, the main goal is to provide a solid framework for ISO over the next decade, beginning with a focus on eight quality management guidelines: consistency, involvement of people, customer focus, a systems approach, focused leadership, continuous improvement, supplier relationships and factual decision making.

In addition to management guidelines that will provide a solid foundation for certifying businesses, the committee is working to:

  1. Be generic, but relevant to companies of all types
  2. Maintain the emphasis on effective process management
  3. Account for process and technology changes that have occurred since 2000, including:
    • Barcoding systems
    • Comprehensive quality management systems software
    • Digital format manuals, procedures and forms
    • Customer expectations of value
    • Metrics for continuous improvement
  4. Reflect changes in the working environments of various organizations, including:
    • Increasing cultural workforce diversity
    • Increasing demand for faster, cheaper and better products and services
    • Increasing focus on environmental services
    • Increasing role of multifunctional management positions
  5. Apply the elements of Annex SL of the ISO Directives to ensure compatibility with other ISO systems
  6. Simplify both implementation and compliance reviews
  7. Promote understanding of guiding principles with simple language

Next week, we’ll cover anticipated revisions to language and terminology used in the ISO 9001 standard. For complete information about the ISO standards and the Technical Committee working on revisions, click here.

To learn more about how Smithers Quality Assessments can help your business achieve ISO 9001 / SN 9001 certification, click here.

Related Tags:ISO 9001:2015, ISO 9001