All about ISO 9001
Looking to the future of ISO 9001.
"First published in 1987, ISO 9000 has consistently been ISO’s most popular series of standards. Now, building on 25 years of success, ISO technical committee ISO/TC 176, Quality management and quality assurance, subcommittee SC 2, Quality systems, is busy laying the groundwork for the next generation of quality management standards.
ISO/TC 176/SC 2’s vision is for its products (primarily ISO 9001 and ISO 9004) to be “recognized and respected worldwide, and used by organizations as an integral component of their sustainable development initiatives”.
ISO 9001: 2015 Committee Draft- General Changes
It has been said that the new Version of the ISO 9001 Standard:
- Adopts high-‐level structure and terminology of Annex SL, a unified guideline used for the development of all new ISO standards
- Has been redrafted to increase clarity and accessibility, reducing room for interpretation
- Introduces two new clauses relating to the context of the organization, which require the organization to determine the issues and requirements that can impact on the planning of the quality management system and can be used as an input into the development of the quality management system. These clauses can be found in sections 4.1 and 4.2.
- Makes the adoption of a process approach in the implementation of a quality management system more explicit, by including clause 4.4.2, which specifies the requirements for the adoption of a process approach
- Replaces the term ‘products’ by ‘goods and services’, in order to remove the existing bias towards organizations dealing with physical products. As a result, the new standard will be applicable for organizations of any kind.
- Does not contain a clause with specific requirements for preventive action. ISO motivates this decision by arguing that prevention is the task of the quality management system in its entirety, as opposed to a specific subsection of it.
ISO 9001:2008. Things to improve / change.
In more than 15 years providing Consulting Services, this has been the section of ISO 9001 that has encountered more resistance; Specialist always talk about the possibility of:
- Change the wording,
- making it 'exhaustive', Specific.
- To make this Section SMART (as per definition of SMART Objectives: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic,Time-Bound)
Well, let's hope for the best, this new edition, currently under review, will be available in late 2015.