The latest draft of ISO 9001 received a nearly 90% approval in a recent vote, and has now moved into the next stage: Final Draft International Standard (FDIS). This is the fifth stage of the six stage revision process, and indicates that ISO 9001:2015 is on track for publication in September of 2015.

“We are on the right track, and we are on schedule for publication,”says Nigel Croft, Chair of the ISO subcommittee revising the standard. He adds, “The new version is very strongly based on three basic core concepts: that process approach which was very successful in the 2008 version of the standard superimposed on that system of processes is the plan-do-check act methodology, and a third core concept which is new in the 2015 version is risk based thinking, aiming at preventing undesirable outcomes.”

The new version of ISO 9001 will follow the common high level structure for management systems as defined in Annex SL. This includes common clauses, common terms and definitions, and common text, allowing for easier integration with other management system standards. The introduction of requirements for risk management, as well as a greater emphasis on system performance, value, and meeting intended outcomes, will establish a foundation for quality management systems for years to come.