Do You Need A Copy of the ISO9001-2008 Standard?

Are you registered to the ISO9001-2008 quality standard? Would you like to be? Do you have a copy of the ISO9001-2008 quality standard? Do you need one?

To cut to the chase, there is no requirement within the ISO9001-2008 standard that requires you to own a copy of it. An auditor can not write up a nonconformance due to not having a copy of the standard.

OK, so maybe it’s not a requirement. But do you “need” a copy? It’s a really, really good idea to have a copy of your own. You can get one at the ISO website ( or at the ANSI site ( for $142.00 as of this writing.

If you’ve hired a consultant to assist with the implementation of your quality system, its very likely the consultant has a copy, in which case you may not need your own copy right away. But there will undoubtedly come a time when an internal auditor will need to seek clarification on a potential nonconformance. It will be very helpful to have your own copy of the standard. Your external auditor may also ask if you have a copy. Again, it’s not a nonconformance if you don’t, however it will give the auditor a greater sense of confidence in the seriousness of your implementation if you have a copy of the standard on file.

The ISO9001-2008 quality standard has not changed in almost 5 years, and may be revised in the next year or two. The next version will likely be valid for at least 5 years, so the investment in the document is pretty small considering how long it will last you.

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