The latest update to ISO 9001 is underway, the first since ISO 9001:2008. But it is really the first major revision since ISO 9001:2000, which essentially consolidated three previous standards including ISO 9001, ISO 9002 and ISO 9003.
While still in the drafting stage (see enclosed time line for publication), this latest revision takes into account the vast changes in technology, business diversity and global commerce (which the ISO 9000 family and its spin-offs were created to support), including:
The update/revision process is also supposed to keep the current focus on managing processes (as opposed to managing more specific program elements) as an effective method to gain a more repeatable pattern of success, and to remain more applicable to a wider array of enterprises. It is doing this to help make this standard revision more durable by "providing a stable core set of requirements for the next 10 years or more" even amid the increasingly changing business situations in which it must operate.
ISO 9001:2015 Planned Implementation ScheduleThe ISO technical committee (ISO/TC 176 Quality management and quality assurance, subcommittee SC 2) has laid out a three-year schedule for implementing the new 9001-2015 standard, a draft of which has already been issued.
While two years away from scheduled publication, initial drafts of the new ISO 9001:2015 standard (a copy of which can be seen here), the emphasis appears to be in these specific areas and concepts from the existing standard:
There are other changes being considered such as replacing the term “product” replaced with “goods and services” and consolidating the previous ISO 9001:2008 standard into seven principles for ISO 9001:2015. The main change is dropping “Principle 5: System approach to management” because it is already a component of having a quality management system (QMS).
Section Changes In ISO 9001:2015
A key section changes of the draft for ISO 9001:2015 concern broadening the scope of quality management to take into account the organization's "context" (for instance social impact).
Current Standard Sections
Proposed Standard Sections
Terms and Definitions
Terms and Definitions
Context of the Organization
Measurement, Analysis and Improvement
Until the issues above are finalized into a finished ISO 9001:2015 document, organizations seeking ISO 9000 family certification, will still need to be registered under the existing standard, which will have the normal 3 year period. However, those who are going to recertify after that date are going to be impacted. At this time, the major changes to the standard seem to emanate from the Annex SL (ISO 22301:2012) integrated/multiple standards requirements, so becoming familiar with those will be important, particularly if a business is going for integrated standards certification. The timing of recertification may also be a factor for some organizations, since there could be more effort required to update existing ISO 9001:2008 materials and processes. Organizations whose three year term is nearly up when the new standard is adopted may wish to accelerate their recertification.