By Clare Naden
Used by millions of organizations around the globe, the world-standard reference for quality, ISO 9001, “Quality management systems—Requirements,” has just passed its “warrant of fitness.”
Like all ISO standards, ISO 9001 undergoes a systematic review every five years to decide whether it is still valid or needs updating. This is important to ensure the standard is still globally relevant and meets the needs of its users.
In doing so, the subcommittee responsible for the standard, SC 2, “Quality systems,” which operates under technical committee ISO/TC 176, “Quality management and quality assurance,” undertook a number of activities including discussions with committee members and a survey of ISO 9001 users. The result was that no revision was needed, and the latest version of the standard still provides as much value to those implementing the standard as it did when it was last updated in 2015.
A special task force within the committee will continue to evaluate and monitor any possible market or other changes that could impact the standard and propose a revision if and when required.
About the author
Clare Naden is news and communications specialist at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).