Proposed Revisions to ISO 9001 
A Sneak Preview
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Format & Risk

The International Organization for Standardization's mandate is to review and up-date their Standards every 5-7 years. The next revision of ISO 9001 is planned for 2015.


New Format


The next edition of the ISO 9001 standard will adopt a new clause structure that aims to make integrated use simpler, and to make management system standards easier to read. The new format aims to create synergy between future and all revised management system standards, including use of: identical structure, text and use of common terms and definitions. The International Organization for Standardization hopes that by making these changes, management system standards will be more easily understood by users.


According to the article published by The International Organization for Standardization titled "Management Makeover", three Standards have already been published using the new clause structure.  ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 will soon follow. 

The new clause structure consists of:


1. Scope

2. Normative references

3. Terms and definitions

4. Context of the organization 

  • Scope and expectations for the management system.
5. Leadership
  • Management commitment, policy, roles, responsibilities, and authorities.
6. Planning
  • Risks and opportunities, and objectives and plans.
7. Support
  • Resources, competence, awareness, communication, and documented information.
8. Operation
  • Operational planning and control.
9. Performance Evaluation
  • Monitoring, measurement, analysis, evaluation, internal audits, and management review.
10. Improvement
  • Nonconformities, corrective action, and continual improvement. 


This new format includes some significant changes in language from the last major revision that took place in 2000. In our opinion, these changes facilitate better understanding and will encourage application of the ISO 9001 Quality Management concepts and principles within non-manufacturing industries.  It is our belief that non-manufacturing industries will reap significant benefits by adopting the standards and quality programs long considered the domain of manufacturing industries.  The publication of the revised standard might incent more government, not-for-profit and service-based industries to adopt the use of ISO 9001.






The next generation of the standard also includes a compelling new addition: the concept of risk. For years, The ISO Edge has promoted auditing and the building of management systems based on risk. This approach provides for pre-emptive strike opportunities against things that could go wrong and could negatively impact on costs, resources, customer perception and/or brand integrity.  The risk concept underpins the most popular Standards in-use (e.g. ISO 14001, ISO 22000, ISO 20000, OHSAS 18001 etc.).  It is a positive step for you the user that ISO 9001 has officially incorporated it. 



For those of you looking for more information on managing risk, The International Organization for Standardization has published the following family of standards and guidelines that you might find useful:


  1. ISO 31000:2009, Risk management - Principles and guidelines
  2. ISO Guide 73:2009, Risk management - Vocabulary
  3. ISO/IEC 31010:2009, Risk management - Risk assessment techniques

The ISO Edge mission is to support our Client's Design, Integration, and Improvement of their management systems and processes through our coaching, provision of information, and education. It is my hope that you have found the information contained in this newsletter useful.


All the best to you for the Autumn Season - we will be in touch with more exciting news in the very near future.


Yours truly,

Lisa Velanoff
The ISO Edge Ltd.
The content of this e-mail was based on information published by The International Organization for Standardization and can be referenced to the article and their website listed above.
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