Changes from 2000 Version & Certification Transition Requirements
A new version of ISO 9001 (ISO 9001:2008), the world's most widely used quality management system standard, was published on November 14th 2008 and is now available.The changes to the standard are considered to be small and fairly insignificant with few changes being required to most organizations management systems. This is the first change that has been made since the 2000 version was published. The details of all of the changes are clearly documented in Annex B of the new standard.
After eight years of implementing experience of 9001:2000, this revision provides clarifications to the existing requirements and introduces changes intended to improve consistency with ISO 14001:2004 standard for environmental management systems.
The level of changes reflect the feedback taken from users which shows the standard has been well received and found the process approach to be both useful and beneficial to their organizations. However, any change to what is the world’s most used standard means that there will need to be some changes made to management systems.
The series of questions and answers below should help answer questions about your existing or future certification.