The most popular ISO Standard; ISO 9001 for Quality Management has reached the final stage of the revision process. ISO member countries now have until the 9th September to vote on the latest draft.
In November 2014 an earlier draft of the revised ISO 9001 was approved but the committee also received approximately 3000 comments for possible improvements.
The committee has met again twice, in both Ireland and Lithuania, to further analyse all comments. Nigel Croft (Chair Of The Subcommittee) stated:
“Compared to the IDS, changes are relatively minor. The most extensive ones have been to the introduction and figures, which have been greatly simplified, with some of the explanatory text being moved to an informative annex. The terms and definitions have now been removed from the standard and added to ISO 9000.”
“Other than a general ‘tidying-up’ of the overall text, and consistency in the use of specific terms, there have been a number of small technical changes. For example, top management must now promote the use of risk-based thinking in addition to a process approach. We have also added explanations about the process environment applied to service organizations, and greater requirements for production and service activities to prevent human error.”