Significant changes to ISO 9001 will take place at the end of
2015. These changes will have a major impact for all users of this international
standard, including implementing organisations, procurement organisations, training
organisations, consultants, customers, certification bodies and auditors.
These changes will provide opportunities for Quality Management System development
and improvement and will also provide the framework for quality assurance for the
next decade, and maybe beyond.
Business has changed radically since the last major revision in 2000; technology
has changed how we work, geographical boundaries are almost insignificant in today’s
global economy, supply chains are increasingly complex and the information available
has multiplied exponentially.
To ensure that ISO 9001 continues to serve the business community and maintain its
relevance in today’s market place, the standard is being revised to address
the change in the business world.
With ISO 9001:2015 DIS (draft international standard) now published and the ISO9001:2015
FDIS due any day, organisations are in a position to see the differences between
ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 (DIS). It is essential that management, quality
professionals, supply chain personnel and auditors develop an understanding of the
changes to their Quality Management System requirements, based on the upcoming changes
to ISO 9001.
One thing remains constant, to be successful, businesses have to adapt to meet the
growing needs of customers. ISO was originally written with the customer in mind
and that remains the priority for ISO 9001:2015.