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ISO 9001:2015

ISO 9001:2015 was released 23 September 2015.

Following are the key changes in this standard from ISO 9001:2008:

1. New Structure

The new standard has 10 clauses(external link).

ISO is in process of harmonizing all management system standards. For this a harmonized structure (Annex SL) has been developed. Some standards such as ISO 30301:2011 (Information and documentation – Management systems for records), ISO 22301:2012 (Societal security – Business continuity management systems), ISO 20121:2012 (Event sustainability management systems) have already been changed to this new structure and some other are in process of being revised to this new structure.

2. Process Approach

ISO 9001:2015 promotes the process approach beyond the existing requirements of ISO 9001:2008. Clause 4.4 (Quality management system and its processes) provides specific requirements for adopting a process approach.

3. Preventive Action vs Risk Management

One of the key purpose of implementing a quality management system is to act as a preventive tool. As a result the formal requirement related to preventive action is no more existing in the revised standard. This is being replaced with risk based thinking.

Although it is required by the organization to determine and address risks, there is no requirement for implementing a formal risk management process.

4. Context of the Organization

Two new clauses have been added to the standard.

5. Quality Management Principles

So far the standard was based on eight quality management principles. In this standard the earlier existing eight principles have been reduced to seven quality management principles(external link). These are listed in the clause 0.2 of the standard.


6. Products and Services:

In 2008 version of the standard the term "product" was used. This term also included services. In the Committee Draft issued in June 2013, this term was proposed to be changed to "Goods and Services". In the final standard the term used is "Products and Services".

7. Documented Information:

2008 version of the standard had two separate terms: "documents" and "records". In the revised standard it was combined together and called "documented information".

Annex A of the standard clarifies that where ISO 9001:2008 would have referred to documented procedures, it is now expressed as a requirement to maintain documented information.

Documented procedures in ISO 9001:2008 = Maintain documented information in ISO 9001:2015

And where ISO 9001:2008 would have referred to records this is now expressed as a requirement to retain documented information.

Records in ISO 9001:2008 = Retain documented information in ISO 9001:2015


8. No Exclusions:

ISO 9001:2008 version allows organizations to exclude the standard requirements under the following conditions:

  • Exclusions are allowed for the requirements which can not be applied due to the nature of the business.
  • Exclusions are limited to clause 7 (Product Realization)of the standard.
  • Such exclusions do not affect the organization's ability to provide products which meet the customer requirements and also the applicable legal requirements.

The new standard does not make any reference to exclusions. However in Annex A, the standard clarifies that the organization can not decide a requirement to be not applicable if it falls under the scope of its QMS. Also non-applicability is not allowed if that could lead to failure to achieve the conformity or to enhance customer satisfaction.

9. Work Environment:

The term "work environment" used in ISO 9001:2008 has been replaced with "Environment for the operation of processes".

10. Purchased Product:

The term "purchased product" has been replaced with "externally provided products and services".

11. Supplier

The term "supplier" has been replaced with "External provider".

This does not meet that organizations would need to change this term in their QMS as well. Organizations can still maintain the term "supplier", "vendor", "contractor", "consultant" etc. as per their own need.


Comparison between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015

ISO 9001:2008 ISO 9001:2015 Remarks

0. Introduction0. Introduction
1.1 General1 Scope
1.2 Application4.3 Determining the scope of the quality management system
2. Normative references2 Normative references
3. Terms and definitions3 Terms and definitions
4. Quality Management System4 Context of the organization
4.1 General Requirements4.4 Quality management system and its processes
4.2 Documentation Requirements7.5 Documented informationReduced requirements for documentation
4.2.1 General7.5.1 General
4.2.2 Quality Manual-
4.2.3 Control of Documents7.5 Documented Information
Records and Documents are now "Documented Information(external link)"
4.2.4 Control of Records7.5 Documented Information
Records and Documents are now "Documented Information(external link)"
5. Management Responsibility5 Leadership
5.1 Management Commitment5.1 Leadership and commitment
5.2 Customer Focus5.1.2 Customer focus
5.3 Quality Policy5.2 Policy
5.4 Planning6 Planning
5.4.1 Quality Objectives6.2 Quality objectives and planning to achieve them
5.4.2 Quality Management System Planning6.3 Planning of changes
5.5 Responsibility, Authority, and Communication5.3 Organizational roles, responsibilities and authorities
5.5.1 Responsibility and Authority5.3 Organizational roles, responsibilities and authorities
5.5.2 Management Representative-
5.5.3 Internal Communications7.4 Communication
5.6 Management Review9.3 Management Review
5.6.1 General9.3.1 General
5.6.2 Review Input9.3.2 Management Review Inputs
5.6.3 Review Output9.3.3 Management Review Outputs
6. Resource Management7.1 Resources
6.1 Provision of Resources7.1 Resources
6.2 Human Resources7.1.2 People
6.2.1 General7.2 Competence
6.2.2 Competence, Training, and Awareness7.2 Competence and 7.3 Awareness
6.3 Infrastructure7.1.3 Infrastructure
6.4 Work Environment7.1.4 Environment for the operation of processes
7. Product Realization8 Operation
7.1 Planning of Product Realization8.1 Operational planning and control
7.2 Customer-Related Processes8.2 Requirements for products and services
7.2.1 Determination of Requirements Related to the Product8.2.2 Determining of requirements related to products and services
7.2.2 Review of Requirements Related to the Product8.2.3 Review of requirements related to products and services
7.2.3 Customer Communication8.2.1 Customer communication
7.3 Design and Development8.3 Design and development of products and services
7.3.1 Design and Development Planning8.3.2 Design and development planning
7.3.2 Design and Development Inputs8.3.3 Design and development inputs
7.3.3 Design and Development Outputs8.3.5 Design and development outputs
7.3.4 Design and Development Review8.3.4 Design and development controls
7.3.5 Design and Development Verification8.3.4 Design and development controls
7.3.6 Design and Development Validation8.3.4 Design and development controls
7.3.7 Control of Design and Development Changes8.3.6 Design and development changes
7.4 Purchasing8.4 Control of externally provided processes, products and services
7.4.1 Purchasing Process8.4.1 General
7.4.2 Purchasing Information8.4.3 Information for external providers
7.4.3 Verification of Purchased Product8.4.2 Type and extent of control and 8.6 Release of products and services
7.5 Production and Service Provision8.5 Production and service provision
7.5.1 Control of Production and Service Provision8.5.1 Control of production and service provision
7.5.2 Validation of Processes for Production and Service Provision8.5.1 Control of production and service provision
7.5.3 Identification and Traceability8.5.2 Identification and traceability
7.5.4 Customer Property8.5.3 Property belonging to customers or external providers
7.5.5 Preservation of Product8.5.4 Preservation
7.6 Control of Monitoring and Measuring Equipment8.5.1 Control of production and service provision
8. Measurement, Analysis, and Improvement9.1 Monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation
8.1 General9.1.1 General
8.2 Monitoring and Measurement9.1.1 General
8.2.1 Customer Satisfaction9.1.2 Customer satisfaction
8.2.2 Internal Audit9.2 Internal Audit
8.2.3 Monitoring and Measurement of Processes9.1.3 Analysis and evaluation
8.2.4 Monitoring and Measurement of Product8.6 Release of products and services
8.3 Control of Nonconforming Product8.7 Control of nonconforming outputs
8.4 Analysis of Data9.1.3 Analysis and evaluation
8.5 Improvement10 Improvement
8.5.1 Continual Improvement10.3 Continual improvement
8.5.2 Corrective Action10.2 Nonconformity and corrective action
8.5.3 Preventive Action6.1 Actions to address risks and opportunities


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