ISO9001-2015

A new version of the ISO9001 quality management standard is coming. It’s currently scheduled for 2015. If history repeats itself, the new ISO9001-2015 standard will probably come out at the end of 2015.

Based on preliminary information available, it looks as if there will be big changes in the language used, but not big changes in what’s required of organizations that want ISO9001 certification. There will be more focus place on a process approach, rather than auditing to the standard. Apparently the requirement for preventive actions will be removed, which I think is great. Risk management appears to be part of the new ISO9001 standard, which I’m not too thrilled about. I think risk management can be a good thing, but it a bit too much to ask many small companies to do. There are also going to be terminology changes, such as “goods and services” replacing “products”. “Goods and services” does seem to be more clear, especially for service-oriented companies.

I’m sure the ISO organization will give us plenty of time to adjust to the new standard, and it’s not even definite when the new standard will come out. So there’s no need to worry just yet. Put off your worrying until early in 2016.

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2 Responses to “ISO9001-2015”

  1. Emily says:

    Hey!!!
    Apart from additional two clauses is there any specific changes in terms and definitions in iso 9001:2015

  2. Timothy says:

    Yes, there are quite a few changes coming in the next version of ISO9001-2015. However, the new standard has not yet been finalized and released, so we’ll have to wait a while to find out exactly what it will be. You can find some additional information here: http://www.iso.org/iso/iso9001_revision

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