ISO 9001:2015 Revision – Quality Management of the Future

New version of the DIN EN ISO 9001 quality management standard promises practical relevance and compatibility

ISO standards are reviewed every five years by the standards committee responsible for their relevance, suitability and effectiveness. At the recent review, a majority of the ISO committee decided that ISO 9001 , the current standard for quality management, needed revising. The new version is now published and replaces the 2008 version. The associated changes and impacts will make the ISO 9001 quality management system relevant for companies all around the world regardless of their size or industry. On this page we have gathered together the most important information on the new version of the quality management standard ISO 9001.

Timeline of the ISO 9001 revision

After some delay, the final draft of the Revision ISO 9001 (FDIS) was accepted. In July, the final draft of the ISO 9001:2015 was agreed upon.

Finally in September 2015, the new version of ISO 9001 Norm for quality management systems was published.

Objectives of the ISO 9001 revision

The new ISO 9001:2015 is meant to:

  • Provide a stable requirements framework for the next ten years.
  • Address recent changes in quality management practice, in technology and in the increasingly complex and dynamic work environment to improve practical relevance.
  • Be sufficiently generic, yet remain relevant to all types and sizes of organizations, regardless of their industry or sector.
  • Maintain the present focus on an effective process management.
  • Apply the "high level structure" (uniform structure, core texts and definitions) to ensure structural compatibility with other management standards, such as the environmental management standard ISO 14001 and the energy management standard ISO 50001.
  • Simplify the implementation in organizations and the conformity assessment.
  • Simplify phrasing to ensure identical understanding and consistent interpretation of the requirements.

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What substantive changes will the revision to ISO 9001 entail?

The substantive changes concern, among other things, the topics of risk management, change management, and internal communication. With these add-ons, the new version of ISO 9001:2015 is better suited to the dynamic and complex market conditions under which many companies operate today. Companies that are certified under the current version of ISO 9001:2008 should study the revision to be able to set their course for recertification under ISO 9001:2015.

How will the transition period proceed?

For certificates and audits subject to accreditation, the following transition arrangements apply:

  • A three-year transition period is granted from the publication of ISO 9001:2015. After those three years, all accredited certificates will be invalid.
  • Certificates may be issued only after an audit and after the accreditation of the certification body.
  • For audits held in conjunction with supervision or re-certification, it is expected that more time will be needed.

How can my currently certified company best prepare for the ISO 9001 revision?

Companies wishing to prepare for the new version of ISO 9001 can:

  • Identify gaps for the new standard. Use the standard as the basis of a checklist and check what needs to be done to meet that standard.
  • Develop an implementation plan.
  • Ensure adequate training and awareness among all parties that influence how your company performs.
  • Inform in good time all the participants in the quality management process of the ISO 9001 revision and the changes and impacts arising from it.
  • Update your current quality management system to meet the additional or modified requirements and to ensure that the performance of the system is verified.

Is there an implementation guide?

ISO/TS 9002 is a guide to implementing ISO 9001:2015 for suppliers, customers of certified companies and third parties. The guide is meant to be generic, but examples should illustrate how the new ISO 9001 applies to special types of organizations (such as small and medium-sized enterprises) and special types of outputs (such as service and software).

Our FAQ section on the ISO 9001 revision covers the new version of the quality management standard and gives an overview of what the revision will change in risk management in particular.

GAP analysis provides support in the transition to the new ISO 9001

As the first step in the successful transition to the new ISO 9001 standard, the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) recommends a GAP analysis of your existing quality management system. The analysis will help you confirm that procedures already implemented do conform with the new ISO 9001:2015 standard, and it will also help point out systems, processes and documentation that need improvement.

Service description of the GAP analysis audit

A TÜV Rheinland expert will audit your company, ask questions about various fields your company is active in, and gain a first impression of how closely (or not) your management system meets the basic requirements of DIN EN ISO 9001:2015. (The expert can also, in the lead-up to the publication of the FDIS and the final standard, examine how your company’s system meets the requirement of ISO/DIS 9001). In a concluding discussion, the expert will go over the results of the GAP analysis with you.

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Quality Management – Revision of the ISO 9001 Standard

What you should know about the new version of ISO 9001.