After much anticipation the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have released the latest edition of ISO 9001.
With contributions from experts from around the world, the 2015 edition features changes which Nigel Croft, Chair of the ISO subcommittee that developed and revised the standard, refers to as an “evolutionary rather than a revolutionary” process.
“We are just bringing ISO 9001 firmly into the 21st century. The earlier versions of ISO 9001 were quite prescriptive, with many requirements for documented procedures and records. In the 2000 and 2008 editions, we focused more on managing processes, and less on documentation,” Nigel said.
“We have now gone a step further, and ISO 9001:2015 is even less prescriptive than its predecessor, focusing instead on performance. We have achieved this by combining the process approach with risk-based thinking, and employing the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle at all levels in the organisation.”
All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to establish if a revision is required to keep it current and relevant for the marketplace.
Organisations who are currently certified to ISO 9001 are required to meet the new standard.
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