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ISO 9001:2008 Documentation Requirements

The Standard requires that you document the following:

  1. Quality Manual
  2. Quality Policy
  3. Quality Objectives
  4. Quality Records
  5. Six Procedures
    1. Control of Documents (4.2.3)
    2. Control of Records (4.2.4)
    3. Internal Audit (8.2.2)
    4. Control of Nonconforming Product (8.3)
    5. Corrective Action (8.5.2)
    6. Preventive Action (8.5.3)

How Much Documentation Do You Need For Your ISO 9000 process?

Much depends on the size and complexity of your organization. You should have enough procedures to cover each section of the standard that applies to your business.

iso-guidelines The ISO/IAF Guidelines says: "The auditee/auditor considers that each clause or sub-clause of ISO 9001 must be defined as a separate process".

Do you purchase anything that could have an impact on meeting the customers' requirements? Then you'll need a Purchasing Procedure to describe section 7.4 - yet that isn't "required".

There are actually 20 different related (ISO 9000) processes called out in the standard. The 9000 Store has designed clearly written procedures to describe each section of the standard. That is why our QMS process is better than the rest - we cover the entire standard. Don't think you can only provide a few procedures and call it an ISO 9000 QMS. The result can be a very poor ISO 9000 process. Is it worth the savings?

ISO 9000 process

See these helpful pages:

What is a Quality Manual?

Required Procedures

Required Forms

Process vs. Procedure vs. Work Instruction

How do I set up my Documentation?

If you look at this pyramid, the lower the items are - the more specific they are to your business. The higher levels (QM, Proc) are dictated by the standard and are thus fairly common from one ISO 9001 company to the next.

  • The Quality Manual describes the quality management system
  • Procedure describe an ISO 9000 process (Purchasing)
  • Work instructions describe an activity within a process (Creating a Purchase Order)
  • Forms record the actions of an activity or process
    • NOTE: A record is a completed form/Table/etc. that prove the action took place.

What Procedures & Forms are required?