The New ISO 9001:2015: What are the Changes ?

The latest update to ISO 9001 is underway, the first since ISO 9001:2008. But it is really the first major revision since ISO 9001:2000, which essentially consolidated three previous standards including ISO 9001, ISO 9002 and ISO 9003.

What is ISO 9001?

The ISO 9000 family addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best known standards. The standards provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements, and that quality is consistently improved. Standards in the ISO 9000 family include:

ISO 9001:2008 – sets out the requirements of a quality management system

ISO 9000:2005 – covers the basic concepts and language

ISO 9004:2009 – focuses on how to make a quality management system more efficient and effective

ISO 19011:2011 – sets out guidance on internal and external audits of quality management systems.

Why is ISO 9001 being revised?

All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to establish if a revision is required to keep it current and relevant for the marketplace. The future ISO 9001:2015 will respond to the latest trends and be compatible with other management systems such as ISO 14001.

When will the new version be published?

ISO 9001:2015 is due to be published by the end of 2015.

I am certified to ISO 9001:2008. What does this mean for me?

Organizations are granted a three-year transition period after the revision has been published to migrate their quality management system to the new edition of the standard.

What is Changing in ISO 9001:2015 So Far?

The new ISO 9001 standard aligns with high-level organizational structure, requiring all new ISO management system standards to be aligned on a high-level structure with a set of common requirements. Additionally, there is a greater emphasis on risk-based thinking as a basis for the management system, more focus on achieving value for the company and its customers, increased flexibility regarding use of documentation, and a more approachable structure for service businesses.

The following chart illustrates some of the key differences between ISO 9001:2015 and the current ISO 9001:2008:

Structure Comparison Chart

ISO/DIS 9001:2015 ISO 9001:2008
1. Scope 1.Scope
2. Nominative References 2.Nominative References
3. Terms and definitions 3.Terms and definitions
4. Context of the organization 4.Quality Management System
5. Leadership 5.Management responsibility
6. Planning 6.Resource management
7. Support 7.Product realization
8. Operation 8.Measurement, analysis, and improvement
9. Performance evaluation
10. Improvement

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The New ISO 9001:2015: What are the Changes ?