News about ISO 9001 version 2015

The new ISO 9001:2015

Stuttgart, 29/01/2014

From now on we will be informing you on developments regarding the revision of ISO 9001, so that you can plan and implement the requisite activities for the revision of this standard in your company.

The draft version of the new ISO 9001:2015 has been available for some time. Around 40% of the norm will be supplemented or changed, and this is thus a “major” revision. However, the final version is not yet available.

The timetable
The standard is created and adjusted in various stages. First, several drafts are published which are then discussed. Feedback from experts is evaluated and included in the next stage. That is why preparing the standard takes some time. In specific terms this means that at present the so-called “Committee Draft” has been published as a preliminary draft. The Committee’s timetable includes publication of the final standard in September 2015. There will then be a three-year transitional period. During this period, companies have time to adjust their management system to the new standard.

A new structure
The standard will include a new classification. In future there will be ten chapters. The current chapter 8 (Measurement, Analysis and Improvement) will be broken down into two chapters.

Overview of new content
The standard will include some aspects of the current ISO 9004. As a result, the standard will be modernised and adjusted to state-of-the-art management principles. In concrete terms, these include the following aspects:

1. Risk management: A company’s risk management will play a key role in the new standard. This is included in almost all of the chapters in the standard - from corporate planning, business processes, internal audits through to supplier management. Analysing risks is also linked to opportunities for the company, which should be used. However, formal risk management (e.g. according to ISO 31000) is not required.
2. Stakeholder approach: Sustainable corporate management can only be implemented if the needs of all of the stakeholders can be included.
3. Process approach: Process management gets its own chapter in the standard. This no longer only relates to recognising the workflows in the company, but now to managing the workflows in a more specific manner. This already goes without saying in many organisations.
4. Documentation will become more flexible. Records and documents will become so-called “documented information”.
5. Knowledge management: The requisite expertise has to be recognised, obtained, secured, and passed on internally.
6. Leadership: corporate management tasks are being expanded, in particular with a greater focus on the mentoring function.

What are the next steps?

We are expecting the next stage (Draft International Standard) to be published in April 2014. The content can still change. As a result, I would still wait before making any specific preparations in your company.

DEKRA Certification will supply you with relevant information on all aspects of the revision in future. We will keep you informed in plenty of time!