Changes Made in the 2000 Version of ISO 9001

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The ISO 9001:2000 standard represents a major revision from the 1994 standards. The new version of the Standard emphasizes the following concepts:

A Process Management Model

All work gets done as part of a process. An interconnected system of processes represents all of the work of the organization. If these processes are designed to be capable of providing satisfactory outputs, and if they are supplied with adequate resources and run by competent personnel, then quality products and services will be provided and customers will be satisfied. If the results are not as planned, then the process structure, resources or competency of the people has to be examined and improved. Process management concepts are discussed in more detail in the appendix, “Process Management”, beginning on page .

Management Responsibility for Continual Improvement

The operation of the quality management system is continuously monitored, measured and improved. The quality policy establishes an commitment to continual improvement. Quality objectives establish measurable quality goals. Audits assess the effectiveness of the quality management system. Information regarding customer satisfaction, product conformity, product characteristics and trends, process characteristics and trends, supplier performance is collected and understood. Customer feedback is gathered and customer complaints are reviewed. Nonconforming product is controlled and records are kept. This information is analyzed to identify actions to be taken to improve the quality management system. Management has explicit responsibility to review this information and take action to improve the quality management system. See section 8.5.1 of this book for more detailed information.

Increased Customer Involvement

Customer requirements for products and services are identified and reviewed with the customer. Effective communications are established with the customer to discuss and resolve issues regarding product information , inquires, contracts, order handling, changes to orders, customer feedback and complaints. Customer satisfaction information, including their opinion of your products and services, is gathered, analyzed and acted upon to improve the quality management system. See sections 5.2, 7.2 and 8.2.1 of this book for more detailed information.

Increased Emphasis on Results

The ISO 9001:2000 Standard relies heavily on measurement analysis and improvement to evolve the quality management system into an effective system. Documentation requirements are less specific, currently only six written procedure documents are explicitly required by the Standard (see the list in section 4.2.3 of this book.). Other documentation is provided by the organization as needed to create an effective quality management system.

Other Changes

Other changes include consideration of statutory and regulatory requirements, increased attention to resource availability and the determination of training effectiveness.

Major Benefits of the Changes

Major benefits of the revised quality management systems standards include the following:

Changes in the Structure of the Standards

The structure of the Standards has changed as follows:

The elimination of ISO 9002 and 9003 will require organizations to take particular care in defining their scope statements and in including or excluding sections of the Standard relevant to their organization. Section 1.2 of this book provides more detail on this topic. Additional guidance is also available from:

ISO 9000 Introduction and Support Package: Guidance on the ISO 9001:2000 clause 1.2 ‘Application’, Charles Corrie for BSI Secretariat, ISO/TC 176/SC 2, Document ISO/TC 176/SC2/N544R, Available from

Transition Planning

Organizations currently accredited to the ISO 9001:1994 Standard have until December 15, 2003 to complete the transition to the ISO 9001:2000 standard.

Detailed Changes

The detailed changes to the Standard are described in the “2000” section following each paragraph of the Standard in the book ISO 9001, The Standard Interpretation. (third edition) A cross-reference between the ISO 9001:1994 and the ISO 9001:2000 clauses of the standard is included in Annex B of the Standard (and included in the book). Detailed information regarding transition planning is provided in:

Transition Planning Guidance for ISO 9001:2000, Charles Corrie for BSI Secretariat, ISO/TC 176/SC 2, Document ISO/TC 176/SC 2/N 474R2, Available from

Important web sites providing authoritative information on the ISO 9000 family of Standards are:

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