as well as details of the Quality Management Principles can be found at:
Copies of the ISO
9001 Auditing Practices Group guidance
Copies of the sanctioned ISO/TC 176 sanctioned “Interpretations” of ISO
9001 can be found at: http://www.tc176.org/
7. Where can information be obtained on the ISO 9000 standards?
There are a number of sources of information on the ISO 9000 quality
management system standards, including ISO's web site (www.iso.org),
which carry information on the standards. Your National Standards Body
should be able to provide copies of the standards, and
registrars/certification bodies will be able to provide guidance on
8. Why are the standards being revised?
ISO’s formal review process:
- Requires continual review to keep standards up to date. Must be
initiated within 3 years of publication of a standard.
User inputs from:
- A global user questionnaire/survey
- A market Justification Study
- Suggestions arising from the interpretation process
- Opportunities for increased compatibility with ISO 14001
- The need for greater clarity, ease of use, and improved
- Keeping up with recent developments in management system
9. Who is responsible for revising the standards?
The revision process is the responsibility of ISO Technical Committee
no.176, Sub-committee no.2 (ISO/TC 176/SC 2) and is conducted on the
basis of consensus among quality and industry experts nominated by ISO
Member bodies, and representing all interested parties.
10. When will the revised standards be available?
The revised quality management system standards (ISO 9000, 9001 and
9004) are scheduled as follows:
- ISO 9000:2005 already published – no major changes expected for
- Current plan is for small changes to ISO 9001 (an “amendment”)
to be published in November 2008.
- More significant changes are planned for ISO 9004 (a “revision”)
to be published in mid 2009.
11. How much is the implementation of the new standard going to cost?
One of the goals of ISO/TC 176/SC 2 is to produce standards that will
minimize any potential costs during a smooth implementation. Any
additional costs may be considered as a value-adding investment. A key
factor in the development of ISO 9001:2008 was to limit the impact of
changes on users.
12. Where can I obtain information on the revised standards?
See the ISO
Catalogue on ISO Online
web site that carries general information on the revision program. Your
National Standards Body will give you additional information and the
certification/registration bodies will be able to provide guidance on
transitional arrangements in due course.
13. Where can my organization go if it needs additional clarification
or interpretation of the ISO 9001:2008 standard?
The starting point for any individual request for an interpretation
should be with the enquirer's National Standards Body. ISO Central
Secretariat and ISO/TC 176/SC 2 cannot accept direct requests from
individuals for interpretations of the ISO 9000 standards. ISO/TC 176
has a Working Group that only accepts formal requests for
interpretations from the National Standards Bodies. The agreed
interpretations can be found at http://www.tc176.org/.
14. Will my organization need a full reassessment once the revised
standards are available?
This is primarily an issue between your organization and your
registration/certification body. ISO/TC 176 is working with the IAF
(International Accreditation Forum) and ISO/CASCO (the ISO Policy
Committee for Conformity Assessment) in order to provide relevant
information in a timely manner. ISO/CASCO is responsible for the
standards to which the Certification Bodies work (ISO/IEC 17021), and
the Accreditation Bodies are responsible for monitoring and approving
the performance of Certification Bodies within their geographical area.
It is expected that conformity to the new ISO 9001:2008 standard will be
evaluated by certification bodies during regular surveillance visits and
that full reassessment will only take place once current certificates
expire. However, it should be noted that ISO and the IAF have agreed
that all certificates to ISO 9001 should be upgraded to ISO 9001:2008
within 2 years of publication of the amended standard.
15. Will the revised standards be available in my national language
immediately after they are published by ISO?
The active participation of experts from around the world in the
preparation of the new standards, and the broad distribution of the
draft standards, will facilitate the timely translation of the
Given the global importance of the quality management system standards,
many National Standards Bodies are already working on the translation
issue. ISO itself will publish the new standards in English and French,
but if national language translations of the standards are currently
available from your National Standards Body, we expect that they will
have the translation of the revised standards ready at the time of
publication by ISO or very soon thereafter.
For further details contact your National Standards Body.
16. Will my organization have to re-write all its documentation?
No. ISO 9001:2008 doesn’t introduce major changes to the requirements,
when compared to ISO 9001:2000. However, to benefit from the changes, we
suggest you get acquainted with the new version of the standard and the
clarifications introduced. If, during your analysis of the
clarifications you find there are differences from your current
interpretation of ISO 9001:2000, then you should analyse the impact on
your current documentation and make the necessary arrangements to update
it. It is intended that the amendment of ISO 9001 will have minimal or
no impacts on documentation.
17. Will the revised standards address financial issues?
Financial issues are not addressed in ISO 9001:2008, which is a
10014:2006 and ISO
9004:2000, Guidelines for
performance improvementsstandards will emphasize the financial
resources needed for the implementation and improvement of a quality
18. What are the benefits of the revised standards?
For ISO 9001:2008 the major benefits are:
- Simple to use
- Clear in language
- Readily translatable and easily understandable
- Compatibility with other management systems such as ISO 14001.
For ISO 9004:
- Facilitates improvement in users’ quality management systems.
- Provides guidance to an organization for the creation of a
quality management system that:
- creates value for its
customers, via the products it provides
- creates value for all
other interested parties
- balances all interested-party viewpoints.
- Provides guidance for managers on leading their organization
towards sustained success.
- Forward compatibility to allow organizations to build on
existing quality management systems.
19. What are the main changes in ISO 9001:2008?
ISO 9001:2008 has been developed in order to introduce clarifications to
the existing requirements of ISO 9001:2000 and changes that are intended
to improve compatibility with ISO
14001:2004. ISO 9001:2008 does not introduce additional requirements
nor does it change the intent of the ISO 9001:2000 standard.
Certification to ISO 9001:2008 is not an “upgrade”, and organizations
that are certified to ISO 9001:2000 should be afforded the same status
as those who have already received a new certificate to ISO 9001:2008
All changes between ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 9001:2008 are detailed in
Annex B to ISO 9001:2008.
20. What are the main benefits to be derived from implementing an ISO
9000 quality management system?
The ISO 9000 standards give organizations an opportunity to increase
value to their activities and to improve their performance continually,
by focusing on their major processes. The standards place great emphasis
on making quality management systems closer to the processes of
organizations and on continual improvement. As a result, they direct
users to the achievement of business results, including the satisfaction
of customers and other interested parties.
The management of an organization should be able to view the adoption of
the quality management system standards as a profitable business
investment, not just as a required certification issue.
Among the perceived benefits of using the standards are:
- The connection of quality management systems to organizational
- The encouragement of a natural progression towards improved
organizational performance, via:
- the use of the Quality Management Principles
- the adoption of
a "process approach"
- emphasis of the role of top management
- requirements for the establishment of measurable objectives at
relevant functions and levels
- being orientated toward
"continual improvement" and "customer satisfaction", including the
monitoring of information on "customer satisfaction" as a measure of
- measurement of the quality management
system, processes, and product
- consideration of statutory and
- attention to resource availability
21. How will the implementation of the amended standard help my
organization to improve its efficiency?
ISO 9001:2008 aims at guaranteeing the effectiveness (but not
necessarily the efficiency) of the organization. For improved
organizational efficiency, however, the best results can be obtained by
using ISO 9004 in addition to ISO 9001:2008. The guiding quality
management principles are intended to assist an organization in
continual improvement, which should lead to efficiencies throughout the
22. What benefits are there to an organization implementing ISO 9004
If a quality management system is appropriately implemented, utilizing
the eight Quality
Management Principles, and in accordance with ISO 9004, all of an
organization's interested parties should benefit. For example:
Customers and users will benefit by receiving the products (see ISO
9000:2005, Fundamentals and vocabulary) that are:
- Conforming to the requirements
- Dependable and reliable
- Available when needed
People in the organization will benefit by:
- Better working conditions
- Increased job satisfaction
- Improved health and safety
- Improved morale
- Improved stability of employment
Owners and investors will benefit by:
- Increased return on investment
- Improved operational results
- Increased market share
- Increased profits
Suppliers and partners will benefit by:
- Partnership and mutual understanding
Society will benefit by:
- Fulfilment of legal and regulatory requirements
- Improved health and safety
- Reduced environmental impact
- Increased security
23. Are the standards compatible with national quality award
The standards are based on 8 Quality
Management Principles, which are aligned with the philosophy and
objectives of most quality award programs.
These principles are:
- Customer focus,
- Involvement of people,
- Process approach,
- System approach to management,
- Continual improvement,
- Factual approach to decision making, and
- Mutually beneficial supplier relationships.
ISO 9004 recommends that organizations perform self-assessments as part
of their management of systems and processes, and includes an annex
giving guidance on this approach. This is similar to many quality awards
24. Why is the requirement for monitoring "customer satisfaction"
included in ISO 9001?
"Customer satisfaction" is recognized as one of the driving criteria for
any organization. In order to evaluate if a product meets customer needs
and expectations, it is necessary to monitor the extent of customer
satisfaction. Improvements can be made by taking action to address any
identified issues and concerns.
25. Can the standards improve "customer satisfaction"?
The quality management system details that are described in the
standards are based on Quality
Management Principles that
include the "process approach" and "customer focus". The adoption of
these principles should provide customers with a higher level of
confidence that products will meet their needs and increase their
26. What is meant by "continual improvement"?
Continual improvement is the process focused on continually increasing
the effectiveness and/or efficiency of the organization to fulfil its
policies and objectives. Continual improvement (where "continual"
highlights that an improvement process requires progressive
consolidation steps) responds to the growing needs and expectations of
the customers and ensures a dynamic evolution of the quality management
27. What is a process?
Any activity or operation, which receives inputs and converts them to
outputs, can be considered as a process. Almost all activities and
operations involved in generating a product or providing a service are
For organizations to function, they have to define and manage numerous
inter-linked processes. Often the output from one process will directly
form the input into the next process. The systematic identification and
management of the various processes employed within an organization, and
particularly the interactions between such processes, may be referred to
as the ‘process approach’ to management.
For further information, refer to the paper Guidance on the Concept and
Use of the Process Approach, available from www.iso.org/tc176/sc2.
28. What is the "process approach"?
approach" is a way of
obtaining a desired result, by managing activities and related resources
as a process. The "process approach" is a key element of the ISO 9000
standards. For further guidance, please refer to the ISO 9000
Introduction and Support Package module: Guidance on the Concept and Use
of the Process Approach for management systems.
29. Can the "process approach" be applied to other management
Yes. The "process
approach" is a generic
management principle, which can enhance an organization’s effectiveness
and efficiency in achieving defined objectives.
30. How can the PDCA cycle be used in the "process approach"?
The PDCA cycle is an established, logical, method that can be used to
improve a process.
- (P) planning (what to do and how to do it),
- (D) executing the plan (do what was planned),
- (C) checking the results (did things happened according to plan)
- (A) act to improve the process (how to improve next time).
The PDCA cycle can be applied within an individual process, or across a
group of processes.
31. Can any organization apply the "process approach"?
Yes. Many organizations already apply a "process approach" without
recognizing it. They could achieve additional benefits by understanding
and controlling it.
32. Why should an organization apply the "process approach"?
By applying the "process approach" an organization should be able to
obtain the following types of benefits:
- The integration and alignment of its processes to enable the
achievement of its planned results.
- An ability to focus effort on process effectiveness and
- An increase in the confidence of customers and other interested
parties as to the consistent performance of the organization.
- Transparency of operations within the organization.
- Lower costs and shorter cycle times through effective and
efficient use of resources.
- Improved, consistent and predictable results.
- The identification of opportunities for focused and prioritized
- The encouragement and involvement of people, and the
clarification of their responsibilities.
- The elimination of barriers between different functional units
and the unification of their focus to the objectives of the
- Improved management of process interfaces.
33. What is meant by the “sequence” of processes and their
The "sequence" of processes shows how the processes follow, or link, to
each other to result in a final output.
For example, the output from one process may become the input of the
next process or processes.
The "interactions" show how each process affects or influences one or
more of the other processes. For example, the monitoring or controlling
of a process may be established in a separate process.
34. How can the processes in an organization be determined?
Identify the organization's intended outputs, and the processes needed
for achieving them. These will need to include processes for Management,
Resources, Realization and Measurement and Improvement.
- Identify all process inputs and outputs, along with the
suppliers and customers, who may be internal or external.
- Identify the sequence and interactions of the processes.
35. Should an organization define and document all its processes?
The main purpose of documentation is to enable the consistent and stable
operation of an organization's processes.
Although statutory, standards' or customer requirements may require
certain documentation, there is no defined “catalogue”, or list of
processes that has to be documented in ISO 9001, apart from the 6
The organization should determine which processes are to be documented
on the basis of:
- The size of the organization and type of its activities,
- The complexity of its processes and their interactions,
- The criticality of the processes and
- Availability of competent personnel.
A number of different methods can be used to document processes, such as
graphical representations, written instructions, checklists, flow
charts, visual media, or electronic methods.
36. How much detail is required in process documentation?
The extent of detail is likely to depend upon factors such as:
- the size of an organisation and its types of activities,
- the complexity of its processes and their interactions, and
- the competence (level of education, training, skills and
experience) of its personnel.
37. Is there a standard way of describing a process?
No, there is no standard way to describe a process. It depends on the
culture, management style, staff literacy, personal attributes and their
A process may be described using a flow chart, block diagram,
responsibility matrix, written procedures or pictures.
Process flowcharts or block diagrams can show how policies, objectives,
influential factors, job functions, activities, material, equipment,
resources, information, people and decision making interact and/or
interrelate in a logical order.
38. What should an organization do to adopt the "process approach"?
To adopt the "process
approach" an organization
should apply the following steps:
- Identify the processes of the organization,
- Plan the processes,
- Implement and measure the processes,
- Analyse the processes,
- Improve the processes.
39. What is a "process owner"?
A person who is given the responsibility and authority for managing a
particular process is sometimes referred to as the "process owner".
It may be useful for an organization's Management to appoint individual
"process owners" and to define their roles and responsibilities; these
should include the responsibility for ensuring the implementation,
maintenance and improvement of their specific process and its
It should be noted, however, that ISO 9001:2008 does not specifically
require the appointment of "process owners".
40. How can a process be measured?
There are various methods of measuring process controls and process
performance, ranging from simple monitoring systems up to sophisticated
statistically based systems (e.g. statistical process control, or SPC,
systems). The selection and use of any particular method will be
dependent on the nature and complexity of an organization's processes
and products. The effectiveness of an individual process may be measured
by the conformity of its output or product to customer requirements. Its
efficiency may be measured from its use of resources. In all cases the
measurement of the process determines if its (measurable) objectives
have been achieved. Sometimes it only requires monitoring to confirm
Typical factors that are useful to consider when identifying measures of
process control and process performance include:
- Conformity with requirements,
- Customer satisfaction,
- Supplier performance,
- On time delivery,
- Lead times,
- Failure rates,
- Process costs.
- Incident frequency
41. What is the difference between a "process" and a "procedure"?
A "process" may be explained as a set of interacting or interrelated
activities, which are employed to add value. A "procedure" is a method
of describing the way or How in which all or part of that process
activities shall/should be performed.
ISO 9000:2005 defines a procedure as a "specified way to carry out an
activity or a process", which does not necessarily have to be
42. An organization has a well-established set of procedures. Can
these procedures be used to help describe its processes?
Yes, if the procedures describe inputs and outputs, appropriate
responsibilities, controls and resources needed to satisfy customer
43. What documentation is required by ISO 9001?
ISO 9001:2008 refers specifically to only 6 documented procedures;
however, other documentation (including more documented procedures not
specifically mentioned in ISO 9001:2008) may be required by an
organization, in order to manage the processes that are necessary for
the effective operation of the quality management system. This will vary
depending on the size of the organization, the kind of activities in
which it is involved and their complexity. For further guidance, please
also refer to the ISO 9000 Introduction and Support Package module
"Guidance on the Documentation Requirements of ISO 9001:2008"
44. Which standard are organizations registered/certified to?
Organizations have their quality management system registered/certified
to ISO 9001:2008. The scope of registration/ certification will need to
reflect precisely and clearly the activities covered by the
organization's quality management system; any exclusion to
non-applicable requirements of the standard (permitted through ISO 9001
clause 1.2 "Application")
will need to be documented and justified in the quality manual (see also
the ISO/TC 176/SC2 ISO 9000 Introduction and Support Package module
Guidance on ISO 9001:2008 clause 1.2 'Application').
45. What does an organization need to do to comply with ISO 9001?
When initially starting to use ISO 9001, an organization should
familiarize its personnel with the Quality Management Principles,
analyze the standards (especially ISO 9000 and ISO 9004), and consider
how their guidance and requirements may affect your activities and
related processes. If it then wishes to proceed to
registration/certification, it should perform a gap analysis against the
requirements of ISO 9001 to determine where its current quality
management system does not address the applicable ISO 9001:2008
requirements, before developing and implementing additional processes to
ensure that compliance will be achieved.
46. What will happen to the 2000 version of ISO 9001?
ISO 9001:2008 will supersede ISO 9001:2000 However, noting the
IAF/ISO-CASCO/ISO TC176 agreement that accredited certification to the
2000 edition should remain possible for up to 2 years after the
publication of ISO 9001:2008, copies of the 2000 edition will still be
available on request from ISO and the national standards bodies during
that period, and possibly for even longer.
47. Can organizations remain certified/registered to the 2000
Yes. Certification to ISO 9001:2008 is not an “upgrade”, and
organizations that are certified to ISO 9001:2000 should be afforded the
same status as those who have already received a new certificate to ISO
9001:2008. However, certificates to ISO 9001:2000 will only remain valid
until 2 years after the publication of ISO 9001:2008. Contact your
certification/registration body to get details on the certificates
48. What will happen to the other standards and documents in the
current (2000) ISO 9000 family?
The four primary standards of the current ISO 9000 family are the
- ISO 9000:2005 already published – no major changes expected for
- ISO 9001:2000 to be superseded by ISO 9001:2008
- More significant changes are planned for ISO 9004 with a planned
publication date of late 2009.
- ISO 19011:2002 is currently beginning the revision process, with
a new version expected in 2011.
The other standards and documents will be reviewed and updated as
49. How soon can my organization seek certification to ISO 9001:2008?
ISO 9001: 2008 certificates can only be granted after its publication as
an International Standard.
50. Will I be able to certify/register my organization to ISO
Since ISO 9004:2009 will be a guidance document, it is not intended to
be used for third party certification purposes.
51. My organization is thinking about developing a Quality Management
System to ISO 9001. Should we wait until the revised standards are
No, you should not delay the introduction of the quality management
system in your organization. Like those who are currently in the process
of being registered/certified, anything you do now to lay the foundation
of a quality management system within your organization will be
52. My organization is applying for ISO 9001 certification in 2008.
What should I do?
Organizations in the process of certification to ISO 9001:2000 are
recommended to apply for certification to ISO 9001:2008, as soon it is
published. Up to its publication you can still apply for certification
to ISO 9001:2000.
53. Can an organization be certified/registered to ISO 9004?
ISO 9004 is a guidance standard, which is not intended to be used for
third party registration/certification purposes. A key element of ISO
9004 is the ability to perform self-assessments. Third party quality
management system certifications/ registrations are performed to ISO
54. Is an organization's ISO 9001 certificate applicable to all of
its products ?
When an organization seeks to have its quality management system
registered/certified to ISO 9001:2008, it is required to agree a "scope
of certification" with its registrar/certification body. This will
define the products to which the organization's quality management
system is applicable, and against which it will be assessed. An
organization is not obliged to include within its "scope of
certification" all the products that it provides (note that the ISO
9000:2005 definition of "Product" includes "services"), but may be
selective about those that are included. All applicable requirements of
ISO 9001:2008 will need to be addressed by the organization's quality
management system that covers those products that are included in the
"scope of certification".
Customers should ensure that a potential supplier's "scope of
certification"covers the products that they wish to order. Caveat
55. What can an organization do if it is not able to comply with all
of the requirements of ISO 9001?
ISO 9001 allows for the exclusion of some of its requirements (via
but only if it can be shown that these requirements are not applicable
to the organization.
Exclusions are limited to the requirements given in Section 7 ("Product
Realization"), where individual requirements may only be excluded if it
can be shown that they do not affect the organization's ability to
provide product that meets customer and applicable statutory or
regulatory requirements. Justification for such exclusions is also
required to be detailed within the organization's quality manual.
For example, if design activities are not required by an organization to
demonstrate its capability to meet customer and applicable statutory
/regulatory requirements, or if its product is provided on the basis of
established design, then it may be able to exclude some of the "design"
requirements but still be able to be registered/certified to ISO
For further guidance, see the ISO 9000 Introduction and Support Package
module: Guidance on ISO 9001:2008 clause 1.2 'Application'.
56. How will a small organization be able to adapt the requirements
of ISO 9001? What flexibility will be allowed?
The requirements of the amended ISO 9001:2008 remain applicable to
small, medium, and large organizations alike, and such organizations
should acquaint themselves with the clarifications in ISO 9001:2008.
ISO/TC 176 has published a handbook “ISO 9001 for Small Businesses –
What to do ?” giving specific advice to small businesses.
The requirements of ISO 9001 are applicable to small, medium, and large
organizations alike. ISO 9001:2008 provides some flexibility, through
clause 1.2 “Application”, on the exclusion of certain requirements for
specific processes that may not be performed by the organization.
If, for example, the nature of your products does not require you to
perform design activities, or if your product is provided on the basis
of established design, you could discuss and justify the exclusion of
these requirements with your certification/registration body (see also
the ISO 9000 Introduction and Support Package module Guidance on ISO
9001:2008 clause 1.2 'Application'). However, individual organizations
will still need to be able demonstrate their capability to meet customer
and applicable statutory or regulatory requirements for their products,
and will need to consider this when determining the complexity of their
quality management systems.
Further guidance for small businesses may be found in the ISO handbook:
ISO 9001 for Small Businesses – What to do, Advice from ISO/TC 176
57. What will happen to the ISO handbook “ISO 9001 for Small
It remains fully applicable. A project has been started to update the
handbook to reflect the changes in ISO 9001:2008.
58. What’s the relationship between the revised ISO 9001 and ISO
Compatibility with ISO 14001:2004 has been maintained and enhanced.
“Compatibility” means that common elements of the standards can be
implemented by organizations in a shared manner, in whole or in part,
without unnecessary duplication or the imposition of conflicting
59. Are there any guidelines covering joint implementation of ISO
9001 and ISO 14001?
The two standards are compatible. It is not expected that an ISO
guideline will be prepared on this subject at the present time. If the
need for such a document arises, ISO will consider the request as a new
project. However, both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 include an annex to show
the correspondence between the two standards.
60. Is there a common guideline standard for auditing QMS and EMS
according to ISO 9001 and 14001?
Yes, ISO 19011:2002 provides guidelines for quality and/or environmental
management systems auditing. Note that a project to revise ISO 19011 was
started in 2008, and is expected to be completed in 2011.
61. How are the standards applicable to organizations that provide
The standards are applicable to all types of organizations, operating in
all types of sectors, including service providers.
(Note: the definition of the term 'product' in ISO 9000:2005 also
includes 'services'. ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9004:2000 have been written
to reflect this definition.)
62. My organization provides services. Is the new ISO 9001:2008
applicable to us?
ISO 9001 is equally appropriate to all sectors, including service
providers. The standard is applicable to all types of organizations.
63. What do quality management practitioners (consultant, auditor, or
trainer) need to know about the standards?
As a minimum, quality management practitioners should familiarize
themselves with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, and also with the
content and philosophies of ISO 9000:2005, ISO 9004 and the Quality
Practitioners who are already familiar with ISO 9001:2000 should become
aware of the clarifications introduced in ISO 9001:2008, and their
implications, prior to conducting audits to that standard, or giving
training and consultancy.
They should understand their client’s activities and processes, before
providing appropriate interpretations of the requirements of the
standards, to add value to the client's operations.
ISO/TC 176 has developed the standard ISO 10019 Guidelines for the
selection of quality management system consultants and use of their
services, which may be useful to refer to for further guidance.
64. How should regulatory bodies use the standards?
Regulatory bodies should review their regulations currently in effect
(or under development) and identify points where reference to the
quality management system standards would be appropriate, before making
recommendations to the legislative body.
65. What do auditors need to know about the standards?
Auditors, whether external or internal, should be able to demonstrate
their competence on the structure, content and terminology of the
standards, and also on the underlying Quality Management Principles.
The standards require that auditors are able to understand the
organization's activities and processes and appropriately audit against
the requirements of the ISO 9001 in relation to the organization's
objectives. According to joint advice from the International
Accreditation Forum (IAF), ISO's Policy Committee for Conformity
Assessment (ISO-CASCO) and ISO TC 176, auditors should be able to
demonstrate competency in:
- The requirements of the ISO 9001:2008.
- The concepts and terminology of the ISO 9000:2005.
- The eight Quality Management Principles
- A general understanding of ISO 9004
- Familiarity with the auditing guidance standard ISO 19011.
ISO/TC 176, ISO/CASCO and the IAF have established an ISO 9001 Auditing
Practices Group, which has issued a number of web based guidance notes
to assist auditors (see www.iso.org/tc176/ISO9001AuditingPracticesGroup)
66. How will ISO 9001:2008 relate to the needs of specific business
ISO 9001:2008 remains compatible with the existing management systems
standards for specific business sectors like ISO/TS 16949, AS 9000/EN
9100 and TL 9000.
Users of a specific sector scheme are recommended to refer to the
organization that is responsible for that sector scheme, e.g. for:
- ISO/TS 16 949 refer to the IATF,
- TL 9000 refer to the QuEST Forum
- For AS 9000/EN 9100 refer to the IAQG
67. My organisation fulfils the ISO 9001:2000 requirements. What do I
need to do?
An organization who’s QMS fulfils the requirements of ISO 9001:2000
should check that they are following the clarifications introduced in
the amended standard ISO 9001:2008.
ISO 9001:2008 has been developed in order to introduce clarifications to
the existing requirements of ISO 9001:2000. It does not introduce
additional requirements nor does it change the intent of the ISO
68. What is the impact of ISO 9001:2008 on certification?
Certification to ISO 9001:2008 is not an “upgrade”, and organizations
that are certified to ISO 9001:2000 should be afforded the same status
as those who have already received a new certificate to ISO 9001:2008.
ISO and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) have agreed the
following “Implementation Plan” with respect to accredited certification
to ISO 9001:2008:
“Accredited certification to the ISO 9001:2008 shall not be granted
until the publication of ISO 9001:2008 as an International Standard.
Certification of conformity to ISO 9001:2008 and/or national equivalents
shall only be issued after official publication of ISO 9001:2008 (which
should take place before the end of 2008) and after a routine
surveillance or re-certification audit against ISO 9001:2008.
Validity of certifications to ISO 9001:2000
One year after publication of ISO 9001:2008 all accredited
certifications issued (new certifications or re-certifications) shall be
to ISO 9001:2008.
Twenty four months after publication by ISO of ISO 9001:2008, any
existing certification issued to ISO 9001:2000 shall not be valid.”
69. Is there any way I can participate in the development of
Yes. If you are interested you should contact your National Standards
Body for further details.
Information on ISO’s member National Standards Bodies can be found at:http://www.iso.org/iso/about/iso_members.htm