ISO 9001:2008 vs ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems – Requirements

With the Draft ISO 9001:2015 being released there are quite a few significant changes for those organisations with and those seeking accreditation for Quality Management System, below is an overview:

3 New clauses:

  • 4.1 Understanding the organization and its context
  • 4.2 Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties
  • 4.4.2 Process approach

A Deleted clause:

  • 8.5.3 Preventive Action because it is perceived that the entire QMS is a preventive     action within itself.

Changes in Terminology:

  • “Product” has been replaced by “Goods and Services”
  • “Document” and “Records” have been replaced with “Documented Information”
  • “Continual Improvement” has been replaced with “Improvement”

There is an increased focus on the “Control of external provision of Goods and Services”.

There will no longer be the need for a Quality Manual, however, most companies utilise their Quality Manual as both marketing and training tools.

The proposed standard is also re-writing the 8 Quality Management Principles to become 7 Quality Management Principles with a shift from a system focus to encouraging a higher focus on relationship management between workers and supplier alike.

The new standard also aims to reduce some of the documentation impost placed on organisations and increase the focus on information and knowledge used in the application of the Quality Management Principles.

We will keep you posted on the progress of the approval and switch over to the new version.

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