The Standard Revision Process

ISO standards are developed by a panel of experts that work within a technical committee.  Technical committees are made upon individuals from relevant industry, consumer associations, academia, NGOs and government.  Working groups within the technical committee play a key role in the development process.

When an International Standard is under revision, the working groups are responsible for collecting comments and for preparing the drafts.  These drafts go through a series of revisions. During this time, the Standards are called Committee Drafts.

Once the Standard has taken shape, voting occurs to bring the standard to a Draft International Standard (DIS), but at this stage significant changes can still be made to the document, so it is not advisable to change your management system to address the Standard while it is in this format.

The 9001 and 14001 Standards are currently at a DIS level.

The interesting and unique thing about the coming versions of these Standards is that they have been written using a standardized framework called Annex SL.  This framework was required so that the standards have the same basic format and appropriate terminology to make it easier on organizations electing to implement multiple International Standards.

This standardized formatting is good thing, but like all change, some people have been a little resistant to it.  You can — and should — begin reading and learning about the DIS, but please be cautious in spending money to modify your systems or to take extensive training on this version of the Standard as it will continue to change!

Because the DIS ISO 9001 standard has been voted on and approved by the members, it has been released to ISO for entry into their translation databases, where it will be converted to all of the languages that are used by ISO.

After the documents are translated, they will be released as Final Draft International Standards (FDIS).  It is important to realize that ISO 9001 is still not done yet!

It is expected that the 9001 FDIS will be released on July 7, 2015 so that the members can comment and vote on the Standard.  It will be available for purchase at ANSI/ASQ once it is released and Platinum will let you know about it on our website.  On August 30, 2015, it is anticipated that the US TAG ballots will close.

Once the FDIS is published, you can —  and should — begin working on your management systems to upgrade them to the 2015 Standard.  The FDIS is substantially the Standard that will be released, though minor edits can, and will most likely, be made to the document after balloting and comments are received.

If the FDIS is approved by the World community, the Standard will be released as the final 2015 document, hopefully by September 2015.  This final document will be made available for purchase at ANSI/ASQ once it is released.  Summary of DIS to FDIS changes will be provided with the document.

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