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What is ISO 9002?

ISO 9002:2016 Quality management systems. Guidelines for the application of ISO 9001:2015

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ISO 9002:2016 provides guidance regarding the intent of ISO 9001:2015 requirements. This standard provides examples of possible steps that an organization can take to meet the requirements. It does not modify the ISO 9001:2015 standard in anyway, nor does it provide templates or any assistance in implementing ISO 9001 in an organization. The “ISO/TS” means it is a technical specification, which is published for immediate use but it also provides a means to obtain feedback for if/when it will eventually be transformed and republished as an International Standard.

The current ISO 9000 series is:

  • ISO 9000 included fundamentals and vocabulary used in the ISO 9001 series.
  • ISO 9001 contains the actual requirements an organization must comply with to become ISO 9001 Registered.
  • ISO 9002 provides guidance regarding the intent of ISO 9001 requirements
  • ISO 9003 is obsolete. 
  • ISO 9004 provides guidance for sustaining the success of an organization’s objectives.

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ISO 9002:1994

The three standards (ISO 9001:1994, ISO 9002:1994, and ISO 9003:1994) were combined into ISO 9001 in the year 2000 revision (ISO 9001:2000) which was replaced by ISO 9001:2008 and subsequently ISO 9001:2015. So if you are searching for that particular standard, you may wish instead to investigate the revised standard’s requirements here, or look at a more general definition of what is ISO certification and what it means.

In reference to ISO 9002, it was last revised in 1994 and was titled: Model for quality assurance in production, installation, and servicing had basically the same material as ISO 9001 but without covering the creation of new products. It was very applicable for contract manufacturing. Organizations now use ISO 9001 standard and take exception to certain clauses of the standard which involve the design of products and/or service. So there is no longer a need for ISO9002:1994.


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