Well, after months of discussion about the development of the ISO 9001:2015 standard, it now reaches another milestone. The Draft International Standard (DIS) of the standard is now available from a number of sources, including www.iso.ch (ISO’s website). A quick summary of the main changes from the ISO 9001:2008:

  1. Understanding the organization and its context
  2. Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties
  3. Determining the scope of the quality management system
  4. Quality Management System and Its Processes
  5. Leadership and commitment with respect to the quality management system
  6. Actions to Address Risks and Opportunities
  7. Planning of Changes and Control of Changes
  8. People
  9. Organizational Knowledge
  10. Design and Development of Products and Services
  11. Control of externally provided products and services
  12. Post-delivery activities
  13. Expanded Process Approach
  14. Risk-Based Thinking
  15. Documented Information combining documents and records from 2008 revision

The purpose of the DIS is to solicit public review and comment as the standard is finalized. To date, the draft was created by members of the international Technical Committee 176 representing all member countries. The members of this committee are some of the top experts in standards development and quality management. The standard is developed through consensus of the committee after much input and discussion.

The DIS stage now opens the process to the public. Public comment is requested after users get a chance to review the DIS standard. The DIS is available on a number of websites. I know of two sources in the USA: