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What is ISO 9000?

There is often confusion around the various ISO 9000 standards because ISO 9000 is a series of documents that define requirements and guidelines for a quality management system (QMS).

ISO 9000:2015 Quality management systems – Fundamentals and vocabulary is part of that series. It explains the basics of quality management systems and provides definitions for the terminology used in the 9000 series. It does not contain any requirements therefore, an organization cannot be ISO 9000 certified.

So What is ISO 9000 Exactly?

ISO 9000 focuses on the key concepts that make up a quality management system (QMS). The first half of the standard explains basic quality management principles while the second half is a dictionary of quality management terms which include notes or examples for additional clarification. ISO 9000 helps organizations interpret the guidelines or requirements of the ISO 9000 series, that they may be applied properly.

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