The revision of ISO 9001:2015 is progressing well. The draft text has just been approved by the vast majority of the 79 countries called upon to vote. The final step before the publication of ISO 9001 is expected in its new version in September 2015.
For almost thirty years, is the ISO 9001 is being revised to meet new business challenges for almost thirty years. On Friday 10 October, the DIS-Draft International Standard vote concluded on a more than encouraging note for the future of ISO's star standard: 89% of the countries called to the polls accepted the draft text under review. That's 9 points more than the previous vote that took the CD-Commitee Draft to the next level. The changes made to the draft standard led some countries, then opposed to its evolution, to finally vote in favourof it.
The 3,000 comments received during the vote will be analysed by around 100 experts from 50 different nationalities gathered in Ireland at the end of November, with a view to preparing the FDIS version, which is expected to be published around June 2015. Of course, the AFNOR Standards Committee will continue to weigh in on the discussions and have the position of French stakeholders (TPE, SMEs, industries, services) recognised.
Unprecedented mobilization in France
During the public survey carried out in France, open to all between May and July last year, AFNOR Normalisation collected more than 2,000 comments from users of isO 9001 version 2015. Exceptional participation, proof that this flagship standard of organization remains an essential foundation for business management and that its new version best reflects good management practices.
While much of the opinion relates to vocabulary and definitions, such as the term "risk" that appears in the 2015 revision, users have been widely expressed about the formation of new concepts, such as analysing the context of the organization and its relevant stakeholders or the disappearance of certain requirements.
The counting meeting ended with a French vote in favour of DIS ISO 9001 with the formalisation of a hundred comments that will feed into the debates of the next international meeting in Ireland.
ISO 9001 version 2015: evolution or revolution?
Since the last major revision of ISO 9001 in 2000, management practices have changed significantly and the business environment has become more complex. The 2015 version of the standard incorporates these issues and has two objectives: to help companies better anticipate the needs of their market and enable them to improve their performance. Among the developments already taken, ISO 9001 version 2015 encourages companies to identify risks and opportunities, adapt the quality approach to the strategy of the organization and control the entire chain (suppliers, subcontractors ...) to create value for customers. The new structure of the so-called "universal" standard will also be a formidable accelerator for integrating other complementary management systems such as ISO 14001, which shares the isO 9001 review schedule.
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