An Update on Changes to the ISO 9000 Series of Standards


Wadsworth, Harrison M.   (1993, ASQC)   Georgia Institute of Technology; Atlanta, GA

Annual Quality Congress, Boston MA    Vol. 47    No. 0
QICID: 10057    May 1993    pp. 941-944
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Article Abstract

The ISO (International Organization for Standardization) quality standards have evolved from ISO 8402 (Quality Systems Vocabulary) issued in 1986 to the ISO 9000 series, which will be revised in 1993-94 and in 1996-97. The ISO Technical Committee published the 9000-9004 series in 1987. A United States version followed, known as the Q90 series of ANSI/ASQC (American National Standards Institute/American Society for Quality Control). The plan for revisions include the following. A revised ISO 8402 is scheduled for 1993. Relatively minor revisions of the ISO 9000 series will appear in early 1993 or late 1993, and a more extensive revision of the series will follow in 1996-97. The minor revisions include revising the clause structure and numbering; making many editorial changes; and clarifying the requirements for documentation. There also are changes in terminology: defining product to include hardware, software, processed materials, and services; defining a stakeholder as anyone who has a permanent interest in an organization, including customers, employees, owners, and even society; and clarifying the distinction between quality manuals and quality plans. Supplementary standards have or will appear for the 9000 series and the 10000 series. Future endeavors of ISO are to introduce more characteristics of total quality management into the standards and to make the standards more generic so that they apply to various product categories.


History,Q90 series,ISO 9000

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