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.

Management standard evolution

It has been 26 years since the introduction of the quality management system model. The Technical Committee are planning for the next decade of management system standards with the next revision of ISO 9001 due for release in the autumn of 2015.

There is currently a move underway to develop a set of unified management system standards that share a common structure which closely aligns with the identical, core requirements of each system.

This approach should help to define a more generic basis for application, while allowing easier integration of multiple management system standards. This nascent concept of alignment and integration is evident by the common structure and requirements of the current revisions of ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

Interestingly, the environmental management system standard is also undergoing revision and is due for release in 2015. OHSAS 18001 is set to become an ISO standard in 2016 and will known as ISO 45001:2016.

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