ISO 9001 revision reaches Committee Draft stage

Issue 52 – August 2013

ISO 9001:2008, Quality management systems – Requirements, has reached the Committee Draft stage of the revision process. Like all ISO standards, ISO 9001 undergoes a revision every 5 years to ensure it remains a useful tool.

The Committee Draft stage is the first consultation in the development (or revision) of an ISO standard. During this stage, the countries (ISO members) that have chosen to participate in the development of the standard have between 2 – 4 months to form a national position on the draft and comment on it. Standards New Zealand has a balanced international review group who develop the New Zealand position on each draft released.

Once the participating members are satisfied with the draft it proceeds to the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage. Once the draft has been finalised and accepted, it is published and the date following the standard's number is updated (for example ISO 9001:2015).

I am using ISO 9001:2008. What does this mean for me?

The expected publication date for the new version of ISO 9001 is the end of 2015. At that point there will be a transition period (usually 2 years) before ISO 9001:2008 officially becomes out of date.

Summarised from an ISO media release, 26 June 2013.

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