ISO 9001:2015, elaboration process

The ISO standards are reviewed every five years in order to ensure an upgrade. In the year 2012 a formal review of the ISO 9001 standard was completed and led to the decision of proceeding with a revision of the standard.

Over the last 25 years many standards related to management systems have been introduced, among which the most common are those relating to Quality, Safety and Environment. As a matter of fact, enterprises find themselves more and more often to apply simultaneously multiple standards that adopt different formats and heterogeneous terminologies. To overcome this kind of problems, ISO has defined a High Level Structure that will standardize the setting of all the rules.

QSA.net has been developed taking into account this kind of approach and allows a management simplified by the fact of focusing on the organization itself.

The ISOs are developed by Technical Committee (TC) and Sub-Committees (SC). ISO/TC176/SC2 is responsible for the ISO 9001. At present, the ISO 9001:2015 is developed, in SC2, by a specific working group, that is WG24.

The ISO 9001:2015 development process has been structured in several stages: the first step was the agreement on the need of a revision of the standard, which was followed by the agreement on the application field and the objectives. The third step was the Working Drafts (WD) that preceded the Committee Draft (CD) that in the case of ISO 9001:2015 was very troubled (ISO/CD 6/2013).

The Draft International Standard (DIS) was approved in May 2014 (5/2014 DIS) and precedes the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) that, for ISO 9001:2015, is planned for July 2015 (FDIS 7/2015). The final release of the new ISO 9001:2015 is expected for the month of September.

QSA.net software is evolving on the basis of the changes introduced by the new rules or the revision of existing standards, on the experience gained in the field by its users and on the application of techniques, tools and methods of business organization.

The technical staff of QSA.net is working to include all the changes introduced by the new ISO 9001:2015, and in particular the practical application of the Risk Based Thinking.