Today, it the New ISO 9001-2015 is released by the International Standards Organization, and it will be applicable to 1.1 million certificates held by companies in 160 countries.
ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.
The New ISO 9001-2015 is the most popular standard in the ISO 9000 series.
ISO 9001 was first published in 1987 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an international agency composed of the national standards bodies of more than 160 countries.
ISO 9001-2015 has been approved for publication!
The revised standard is available from National Standards Bodies effective September 23, 2015, just 8 days after ISO 14001:2015.
This is the latest ISO Standard. The new ISO 9001-2015 includes the new High Level Structure (HLS) which will eventually be applicable to many other Quality Standards. The High Level Structure (HLS) is a standardized way of drafting future ISO management system standards. It is defined in Appendix SL of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1.
All new standards should respect and share a common consistent core:
- A common general structure (table of contents): identical chapters, article numbers, and chapter, article or clause titles, etc.
- Introductory texts for identical articles
- Identical wording for identical requirements
- Common terms and core definitions
The characteristics and requirements specific to each standard are inserted into this structure in the appropriate chapters. This standardization aims to foster compatibility among various management system standards to facilitate their integration and implementation by certified organizations.
From an internal viewpoint, ISO also seeks to ensure quality in the production of its own standards: consistent texts that remain applicable to organizations of all sizes, in all sectors and operating in any culture. The HLS provides for a framework that ensures a conforming output of ISO standard development process that is a heavy and complex process involving a large number of different committees and intervening parties.
Lastly, ISO would like to guarantee that the standards produced are not overly prescriptive. These standards must provide organizations the flexibility to differentiate themselves and support competition, while preserving each organization’s ability to improve management systems above and beyond the standard.
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