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ISO 9000 Revisions Published Today

December 15, 2000. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) published the year 2000 revisions of its ISO 9000 series of quality management standards today. The revised standards ISO 9000, ISO 9001 and ISO 9004 have been overwhelmingly approved by ISO's membership of national standards institutes. The ISO 9000 series of International Standards for quality management is among the most widely known and successful of the 13,000 standards published by ISO since it began operations in 1947. The ISO 9000 standards have become an international reference for quality requirements in business to business dealings and form the basis of more than 350 000 certified quality management systems within private and public sector organizations in at least 150 countries.

The following revised standards are published:

  • ISO 9000, Quality management systems - Fundamentals and vocabulary.

  • ISO 9001, Quality management systems - Requirements.

  • ISO 9004, Quality management systems - Guidelines for performance improvements.

Compared to the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) versions, only minor "editorial" modifications to improve clarity have been made to the texts which will be published as International Standards ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 9004:2000. In the case of ISO 9000:2000, more substantial modifications have been made to the definitions of auditing terms which it includes. This is due to the continuing evolution of the other standard in the ISO 9000 "core series", ISO 19011, Guidelines on Quality and/or Environmental Management Systems Auditing. It gives guidance on auditing ISO 9001 quality and ISO 14001 environmental management systems, either separately or jointly, and is targeted for publication in 2002.

The FDIS versions of ISO 9000, ISO 9001 and ISO 9004 were approved by ISO for publication as International Standards after a two-month ballot. On the ISO 9000 revisions, ISO's member bodies voted massively in favor of publication of the drafts as International Standards. The results were as follows:

  • ISO 9000: 59 positive votes out of the total of 62 cast (there was one abstention, but abstentions are excluded from the count); 43 votes of this total were cast by P-members and 40 of these were positive.

  • ISO 9001: 62 positive votes out of the total of 63 cast; 54 votes of this total were cast by P-members and 53 of these were positive.

  • ISO 9004: 62 positive votes out of the total of 63 cast; 54 votes of this total were cast by P-members and 53 of these were positive.

Explanatory and guidance documents to help ensure a smooth transition to the ISO 9000:2000 series have been developed by ISO technical committee ISO/TC 176, which is responsible for the ISO 9000 standards.

MTTC will help you make this move from "Conformance to Performance" If you are currently ISO certified, contact us for implementation and training for the new ISO Standard. If you are seeking a new ISO certification, MTTC can assist you through the complete process.

Contact Mike Paten at MTTC, 119 Rochester Drive, Louisville, KY   40214.

Ph: (502)367-2186   Fax: (502)367-4261    Email: [email protected]





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