Revised ISO Standards Has Been Published

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ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems, the world’s leading quality management standard, has recently been revised.

Why was ISO 9001 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.  TISO 9001:2015 is designed to respond to the latest trends and be compatible with other management systems such as ISO 14001.

Key perspectives

  • ISO 9001 needs to change, to:adapt to a changing world
  • reflect the increasingly complex environments in which organizations operate
  • rovide a consistent foundation for the future
  • reflect the increasingly complex environments in which organizations operate
  • ensure the new standard reflects the needs of all relevant interested parties
  • Ensure alignment with other management system standards

Key feature changes:

  • 10-clause structure and core text for all Management System Standards (MSS)
  • More compatible with services and non-manufacturing users
  • Clearer understanding of the organization’s context is required “one size doesn’t fit all”
  • Process approach strengthened/more explicit
  • Concept of preventive action now addressed throughout the standard by risk identification and mitigation
  • The term documented information replaces the terms document and record
  • Control of externally provided products and services replaces purchasing/outsourcing
  • Increased emphasis on seeking opportunities for improvement

Beneficial changes to ISO 9001:

  • Enhanced leadership involvement in the management system
  • Risk-based thinking
  • Simplified language, common structure and terms
  • Aligning QMS policy and objectives with the strategy of the organization

Source: ISO

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