ISO 9001:2015 FAQs

BY Reno ON September 8, 2014.

Q: What are the main differences between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 for each of the clauses?

A: The best source of this information is the CQI/IRCA DIS 9001:2014 report which is now available free to CQI and IRCA members. Non-members can purchase a copy of the report at a cost of £25. Please visit the IRCA site or the CQI site for more information.

Q: How certain are you that the final version will be very similar to the DIS?

A: There will be changes between now and the final version of the standard. Having said that, changes arising from the adoption of Annex SL are among the most likely to remain unchanged, as changing Annex SL would impact not just 9001 but all Annex SL-based standards.

Q: What will be the effect of the new version on companies with quality management systems that are currently implemented and certified to QMS 9001:2008?

A: This will vary from organization to organization in terms of how much change will be needed. There will be a three-year transition period for certified organizations which will start when the standard is published. However, the standard writers and certification bodies are already encouraging organizations to make a start. The first step is to gain an understanding of the new and enhanced requirements. Then do a gap analysis. Some will prefer to wait for the FDIS before launching into redeveloping the quality management system, but we believe there is work that you can usefully get on with now.

Q: What would you advise an organization to do that is considering ISO 9001 certification at the moment – wait for the new standard to come into effect before applying, or go ahead and then convert to the new standard?

A: The time required to implement 9001 and achieve certification varies according to a range of factors but 6 – 12 months is typical. That would take you pretty much up to the anticipated release date of the new standard. At this stage we suggest you work within the known parameters, the current 2008 requirements.

Q: What are IMSM’s plans for informing and assisting their client’s transition to the new version of the standard?

A: IMSM have begun the process of reviewing the DIS in terms of assessing how the proposed changes will impact on their current and future clients. Once an opinion has been reached and a plan agreed IMSM will contact their current clients with their suggested actions. If any current or prospective client has any questions or concerns at this stage please email: and entitle your email, 2015 QMS Question