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Volume 5 · Issue 12 · July 2000


ISO 9000: 2000...Fundamentals and Vocabulary Standard Elevated to FDIS

Arthur Gold, leader of the US delegation to TC 176, SC 1, writes that after intense work in Kyoto, SC 1 voted to elevate ISO/DIS 9000:2000 to FDIS. This involved the reversal of 4 out of 5 votes of disapproval in balloting to approvals, including the US. Gold reports that the elevation is significant because of the changes made to ISO 9000:2000 and some changes not made, including the need to include definitions aligned with ISO 9001:2000 but not with ISO 9004:2000. He discusses how three definitions to which the US objected were satisfactorily addressed, what ISO 9000’s role with the consistent pair will be and what the role of the concept diagrams is.