Annex SL (previously ISO Guide 83) defines the framework for a generic management
system. All new ISO management system standards will adhere to this framework and
all current MSS will migrate at their next revision. In future all ISO MSS should
be consistent and compatible – they will all have the same look and feel.
This could be the beginning of the end of the conflicts, duplication, confusion
and misunderstanding from different MSS. It is a challenge to auditors to focus
their own and their clients’ thinking on viewing organisations management
References to a documented quality manual, documented procedures and to quality
records have been removed. Instead throughout ISO 9001:2015 DIS there are specific
references to Documented Information. This is information which the organisation
is required to keep, control and maintain.
Whilst ISO 9001:2008 specified a number of mandatory documents, DIS ISO 9001:2015
does not. However that does not mean that organisations have to throw away their
quality manuals and documented procedures. If this documentation is in place and
working well, there is no need to withdraw it.