ISO 9001 Moves to Final Draft International Standard (FDIS)

On July 9th 2015, the ISO/FDIS 9001:2015 was issued in 28 pages, the last stage in the ISO 9001 revision process. This is the last formal draft before final publication scheduled on September 23, 2015. ISO member countries have about 2 months to vote on the latest draft of the standard before the September 9, 2015 deadline.

ISO/FDIS 9001:2015 positions the new version of the standard as an integral part of an organization’s efforts with leadership enhancement for development, and promotes it as a tool for improving an organization’s overall performance. It drives more internal and external stakeholder focus as part of the adoption of a risk-based approach to quality management and emphasizes the importance of adopting a quality management system  as a strategic direction for the organization.

In addition to renaming and repositioning some QMS activities, other significant new requirements have been introduced.

Based on our review of the FDIS, and compared to the DIS, changes are relatively minor. The most extensive ones have been to the Introduction and Graphic Figures, which have been simplified, with explanations being moved to an informative Annex. The terms and definitions have now been removed from the standard and added to ISO 9000.

Organizations that are already certified to ISO 9001:2008 will have three years from formal publication of ISO 9001:2015 in September to transfer to the new version of the standard. The  transition period will end in September 2018.

If interested, you can purchase the ISO/FDIS 9001:2015 at the ASQ Website.   FYI:  The ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System Standard FDIS has also been released for voting.

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