Quality management is evolving

ISO 9001:2015 Update

Time and tide wait for no man and so it seems neither do the good folk at ISO's Technical Committee (TC 176/SC 2). They are responsible for the content of the current revision of ISO 9001 and have spent 3 years planning its next iteration.

High level structure

The future structure of ISO 9001 and other management system standards will include a harmonised, high level structure, where the clause numbers are identical. Each standard will have 10 common headings that will allow implementers and auditors to work around a consistent framework:

High level structure
Normative references
Terms and definitions
Context of the organization
Performance evaluation


The intent should help to minimise potential conflict between the disparate terminology that each current standard presents us with. For instance, the concept of risk will be broadened to encompass the many forms of risk that an organization might perceive.

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ISO 9001:2015
The next iteration of ISO 9001