ISO 9001:2015 - Annex SL’s influence on revised Standards

SQMC Managing Director, Ian Hannah, begins a series of blog article dissecting ISO 9001:2015.

ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1, Consolidated ISO Supplement, 2013, Annex SL, Appendix 2 sets out the high level  structure, identical core text and common terms and core definitions that are to form, when possible, the nucleus of future and revised management system standards such as ISO 9001.

‘All MSS shall, in principle, use consistent structure, common text and terminology so that they are easy to use and compatible with each other. The guidance and structure given in Appendix 2 to Annex SL shall, in principle, also be followed’.

Accordingly, ISO/CD 9001 has adopted the structure, common text and terminology provided in Annex SL, Appendix 2 as the nucleus of this revision.

Annex SL allows discipline specific additions to the core text and this has been utilised for the following:

a) specific QMS requirements considered essential to meet the scope of the  standard;

b) requirements that may appear to be generic but are considered essential to reflect use of the Quality  Management Principles that form the basis for the QMS standards within the  ISO 9000 family;

c) requirements and notes that enhance or clarify the core text.