Since its foundation in 1947 the International Standards Organisation (ISO) has overseen the development of about 20,000 International Standards covering almost all aspects of business, commerce and technology with some of the most popular standards being those in the management arena.
As such, interest in the new ISO 9001:2015 management standard is significant especially given that the draft has a number of notable changes and departures from the current 2008 version of the standard.
What is the timeline for the new standard?
Most ISO standards are reviewed every five years or so with the approvals being agreed by international ballot. The complete timeline for the ISO 9001:2015 changes are:
- June 2013 – publication of the Committee Draft (CD) for ISO 9001:2015
- April 2014 – publication of the Draft International Standard (DIS)
- July until Oct. 2014 – comments on the Draft Standard
- July 2015 – publication of the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS)
- September 2015 is the anticipated date for the final version of the new International Standard
What are the changes?
As we are only part way through the above process things may change, but in summary, the draft is suggesting that organisations need to:
- Understand the internal and external influences that act on it and the effects they have.
- Understand the needs and expectation of interested parties.
- Assess the risks and opportunities associated with each process and plan and implement appropriate actions to address them.
- Define the inputs and outputs required and expected for each process and that these interactions are managed.
- Establish performance indicators to measure the performance of processes.
Statius has been following the currently suggested changes carefully throughout the drafting process and are very happy to assist with any changes you might want to make before the final publication, but the date of the publication of the final standard will represent the beginning of the formal three-year transition period.