On June, 3 2013 ISO released the Committee Draft (CD) of ISO 9001:2015 for voting and comment by its member nations.
The United States Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC176, the group responsible for developing consensus positions on ISO 9001, fixed the closing date for the submission of comments and votes on Septemper,10 2013.
As part of its ongoing revision and development process, the International Organisation for Standardisation has been preparing for the next major revision to ISO 9001 (the last, minor amendment to the Standard was made in 2008). The ISO Working Group is currently forecasting final publication in the last quarter of 2015.
At this stage in the revision process, it is already known that certain structural changes will be made.
In fact, following the adoption by ISO of ‘Annex SL’ in 2012, all technical committees developing management system standards have to use the same structure, terms and definitions. Management system standards have already been published using this harmonised structure (e.g. ISO 20121:2012, Event Sustainability Management Systems) and ISO 9001 will follow this new format during its revision process.
Aside from some general wording changes (using the term ‘documented information’ to replace references to ‘documentation’ and ‘records’, for example), the text that Annex SL requires to be used contains no specific requirements for ‘preventive action’. Although it is made clear that this is because one of the principal purposes of any management system as a whole is to act as a tool for preventing non-conformity in the first place, ‘preventive action’ may still yet be included in the final revised version of ISO 9001.
The Annex SL includes a specific requirement that organisations determine the risks that need to be addressed to ensure that their management system can achieve its intended outcomes, prevent or reduce undesired effects and achieve continual improvement. Each management system standard can define risk in terms that are relevant to their specific discipline; so the revised version of ISO 9001 may do so in relation to product or service conformity and customer satisfaction.
No organisation can be sure of the additional QMS specific content that will be included in the final revised version of ISO 9001. Until the final draft is issued towards the end of 2014, no one of them can realistically make any definite forecast about requirements, detailed plans for internal process or procedural revisions, or for ISO 9001 certificate transition arrangements.