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Next Steps in the ISO 9001:2015 Revision Process

Next Steps in the ISO 9001:2015 Revision Process

The DIS phase (Draft International Standard) is the first major step in the ISO publication process. The DIS ISO 9001 revision 2015 was officially issued for public comment in early May 2014. The next steps will be the review and discussion of changes before the issuance of the FDIS (Final Draft International Standard), expected in November 2014, and the publication of ISO 9001:2015 in September 2015.

The transition period for introducing and adopting the new requirements for organizations with ISO 9001 certification will start after the new version’s publication in September 2015 and organizations will have three years to implement these into their management systems.

While the DIS is not the final release, it does reflect changes to existing requirements. As the revision process goes forward, the later FDIS will likely have minor amendments included before the final revision is issued. Quality Resource Center recommends that all organizations start familiarizing themselves now with the actual requirements of the DIS version.

What are the main expected changes to ISO 9001?

ISO 9001:2015 will have a modernized approach to quality management, characterized by the following:

  • An increased emphasis on achieving value for organizations and customers. The new version will be more results- and improvement-oriented
  • The new version will also have a distinct emphasis on risk management and risk-based thinking
  • Increased requirements for feedback from all involved stakeholders and processes (not only from clients)
  • Greater emphasis on involvement of top management
  • A revised structure to align with all other ISO management system standards and facilitate integration with other management systems
  • The standard will be more readily applicable by service industries and organizations
  • More flexibility on the type and use of documentation; simplified requirements for documented procedures (no longer a “quality manual”)
  • What has not changed is that the customer remains the primary focus

Quality Resource Center will publish information on new developments on a regular basis. Our team is available to support you with this transition and can provide further information and assistance on this new draft standard.