NEW ISO 9001: 2015 Final Standard is published

The new revised version of ISO 9001:2015, the world’s most popular standard for quality management has been published. This is the first major revision of the standard since 2000, and it’s been written with today’s business challenges in mind, and for organizations of any size in many different industries. The changes to the standard make it flexible enough to offer multiple benefits to organizations not only as a quality management tool but a significant framework for business improvement delivering efficiencies and improving customer satisfaction.


ISO 9001:2015

Business has changed radically since the last major revision in 2000; technology has changed how we work, geographical boundaries are almost insignificant in today’s global economy, supply chains are increasingly complex and the information available has multiplied exponentially.

To ensure that ISO 9001 continues to serve the business community and maintain its relevance in today’s market place, the standard is being revised to address the change in the business world.

One thing remains constant, to be successful, businesses have to adapt to meet the growing needs of customers. ISO was originally written with the customer in mind and that remains the priority for ISO 9001:2015.

The ISO 9001 revision in details

NEW! Information ISO transition films

Created to help you transition to the latest ISO management system standards including ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015, BSI clients share their perspectives about some of the key areas in the new standards. These films are essential viewing to help make your transition smooth and successful and include;

  • The benefits of the new standards
  • How to prepare your transition
  • Top tips for your transition
  • All about leadership in the new standards

Benefits of the new standard

Bringing Quality and Continuous Improvement into the heart of your business

The revised standard will ensure that quality management is now completely integrated and aligned with the business strategies of your organization


Greater involvement in the management system by the leadership team will ensure the whole organization will be motivated towards the organizations goals and objectives.

Introduction of Risk & Opportunity Management

Reinforces use of the management system as a governance tool and will help identify business opportunities that contribute to bottom line improvements.

An Integrated Approach

With the new structure applicable to all new ISO management systems standards it wll be much easier to implement multiple, integrated management systems.

The new ISO 9001 structure

The new standard expected in September 2015, will be based on Annex SL – the new high level structure (HLS) that brings a common framework to all management system standards. This helps to keep consistency, alignment different management system standards, offer matching sub-clauses against the top-level structure and apply common language across all standards.

The key changes in the proposed standard are:

  • The emphasis on leadership
  • The focus on risk management
  • Emphasis on objectives measurement and change
  • Communication and awareness
  • Fewer prescriptive requirements

With the new standard in place, organizations will find it easier to incorporate their quality management system into the core business processes and gain greater business benefit.

I’m interested in certifying to ISO 9001. What should I do?

ISO 9001:2008 is still valid and companies will still benefit from implementing and certifying against it. Certification to ISO 9001: 2008 will be allowed for a period of time following the publication of the new version of the standard in 2015, which will be determined by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS), expected to be a couple of years. Return to our ISO 9001 pages to see why it is so valuable and how we can help you to become certified.

I’m currently certified to ISO 9001. What do I need to do?

Once the revised standard has been published in 2015, BSI will support you through the transition. A transition period will be set and we will provide you with guidelines and training to help you make this transition as smooth as possible.

In the meantime, since you are already familiar with ISO 9001, you are in the best position to comment on how it should be revised, so make sure to download the draft standard.

Register for a FREE seminar to understand

  • The new requirements of the new standard
  • The key changes of the upgrade
  • What happens next
  • The latest publication timeline
  • The impact to the market and the companies
  • How your company should get along the transition process (from transfer visit, training, documentation workshop, upgrade assessment visit to certification)