ISO 9001:2015 Clause 2

What is the ISO 9001:2015 Clause 2 About?

Clause 2 of the ISO 9001:2015 Standard, titled “Normative References,” provides a list of other standards and documents that are referenced and considered essential for the proper application and interpretation of ISO 9001. These normative references serve as additional guidance and requirements that organizations should follow in conjunction with ISO 9001.

The purpose of this clause is to ensure that organizations understand and comply with relevant standards that are directly linked to ISO 9001. By referencing these documents, ISO 9001:2015 acknowledges the interconnectedness of various quality management practices and encourages organizations to adopt a comprehensive approach to quality.

The Specific Objectives of Clause 2, Normative References, are as follows:

Identify Relevant Standards:

The section identifies the specific standards that are directly applicable to ISO 9001:2015. These standards are considered normative references because they provide additional requirements or guidelines that are integral to the effective implementation of ISO 9001.

Ensure Consistency and Compatibility:

By referencing other standards, Section 2 aims to ensure consistency and compatibility between ISO 9001 and these related standards. This alignment facilitates the integration and coordination of various management system requirements within an organization.

Enhance Interpretation:

Normative references provide additional guidance and clarification on specific topics or aspects that are covered by ISO 9001. They can help organizations and auditors better understand the intent of certain clauses or requirements, thereby improving the interpretation and application of ISO 9001.

Support Implementation:

The referenced standards can offer valuable tools, techniques, or methodologies that organizations can leverage to enhance their quality management systems. They provide complementary guidance and best practices that can assist organizations in meeting the requirements of ISO 9001 more effectively.

It’s important to note that compliance with the referenced standards in Section 2 is not mandatory for ISO 9001 certification. Organizations are only required to comply with the specific requirements of ISO 9001 itself. However, normative references serve as valuable resources that can support organizations in achieving their quality objectives and improving their overall performance.

Section 2, Normative References, provides organizations with a roadmap to related standards that can enhance the understanding, implementation, and effectiveness of ISO 9001. By leveraging the guidance provided in the referenced standards, organizations can further develop their quality management systems and align them with recognized best practices in their respective industries.

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