ISO 9001 latest version is ISO 9001:2015 ISO 9001:2015
Over the past 2 years of the systematic review of ISO 9001:2015 standard by technical committees, the decision is to REMAIN UNCHANGED, reported in ISO/TC176/SC2 meeting on 19 October 2021.
No revision of ISO 9001:2015 until the next formal systematic review in 2025.
Yeah! Stay tuned for the next review result.
Let’s look at what type of revision is on the previous version of ISO 9001.
ISO 9001 Standard History & Timeline
ISO/ TC 176
Technical committee TC 176 formed
First minor revision,
+ Preventive action
First major revision
+ Process approach, PDCA
Second minor revision
-> some of terminology
The first version of ISO 9001:1987 was a procedures base. Standard required you to establish the list of mandatory procedures.
As time passed and to suit the business environment, it evolved into the current version of ISO 9001:2015, published in September 2015.
Process approach, PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) with a new main update on ‘Risk-based thinking“. The new clauses 4.1, 4.2 and 6.1 make each organization’s quality management systems more effective.
Identify company internal and external issues, customer needs, and expectations. It will be different in each organization, even in the same type of industry.
I am looking forward to a new, better version of ISO 9001 in the coming future.
Who develops and revises ISO 9001 standard?
ISO 9001 standard is developed under ISO/TC 176 technical committees, Quality Management and Quality Assurance.
The TC 176 will review ISO 9001 requirements standard every 5 years, to ensure the standard stay current to support current technology and business environment.
If a revision is required, the new version of ISO 9001 standard will be published.
What should you do if ISO 9001 standard revise?
Any ISO 9001 certified company will need to go thru the transition journey to ISO 9001 latest version after the new ISO 9001 standard is published.
ISO will withdraw the previous version of the ISO 9001 standard.
You will require to fulfil all the new ISO 9001 clause requirements in your surveillance or re-certification audit during the transition period.
Because the previous version of ISO 9001 certification will no longer be valid after the transition period.
How to fulfil new ISO 9001 requirements?
When there is a new version of ISO 9001, you can follow the below steps to fulfil the new requirements.
- Get a copy of the new ISO 9001 standard.
- Attending ISO 9001 transition seminars or training to learn new requirements and know the details of the changes.
- Work on the new standard requirement.
- Do it yourself if you’re ready or
- Get ISO 9001 consultant to assist if needed.
- Notify the certification body of your transition audit.
- You’re all set for the latest version of ISO 9001 certification.
Final Thoughts of ISO 9001 latest version
Evolution of the simple mobile phone in 1983 to a super-fast 5G smartphone today. The changes brings us better access to information and better communication.
The same goes for ISO 9001 standard revision.
Be “open” to the latest update of the ISO 9001 version if it happens. As ISO 9001 user, it may be more work to do. However, if the change is for good and better, why not?
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