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.

Our range of ISO 9001:2015 quality manuals and integrated manual templates cover the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007, and offer an easy way to implement and document your organization's quality management system or integrated management system.

High level structure

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

High level structure
1.0 Scope
2.0 Normative references
3.0 Terms and definitions
4.0 Context of the organization
5.0 Leadership
6.0 Planning
7.0 Support
8.0 Operation
9.0 Performance evaluation
10.0 Improvement


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 is broadened to encompass the many forms of risk that an organization might perceive.

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