ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Revisions: Don’t Implement Just Yet!
A United States Technical Advisory Group (US TAG) meeting was recently held in Orlando, Florida to discuss standards development. Platinum represents the United States interests by participating as a voting member on the US TAG to Technical Committee (TC) 176 and TC 207, the committees responsible for the revision of global standards, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.respectively.
The 9001 Committee Draft received a 78% approval rate. 3,000 comments were received and will be be addressed. There were 12 negative votes from representatives of significant countries such as Germany, Japan, the US and Canada with an interim meeting scheduled for further discussions as a result. This interim meeting recently held and the resulting plan is to to get the Draft International Standard (DIS) to all participating countries by April 2014. The document will not be made available to TAG participants until translations have been completed. It is anticipated that the document will be published and available for review and comment in June/July 2014. Another US TAG meeting is scheduled for August 2014 in Washington DC and Platinum plans to be in attendance.
Committee Draft 2 of ISO 14001was approved. It will be published as a DIS following the resolution of 1,500 comments. It is anticipated that the DIS will be available for voting October – November 2014 after translation activities have been completed. In April/May 2015 we are anticipating an Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) ballot with final publication expected in June/July 2015. The FDIS is usually made available for purchase.
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A large amount of debate occurred around requested modifications to Annex SL. Annex SL was developed as a skeleton on which all International Management System Standards will be built. Once modifications are approved, Annex SL will make life easier for organizations implementing multiple standards by standardizing the language, terminology and format of the Standards.
Don’t Implement Revisions Just Yet!
Please do not take steps to implement these Standards yet. In their current state they will most likely change again. It’s better to wait until more of the comments have been dispositioned. Stay tuned for further developments and what it means to you.