ISO9001:2015 and AS9100D

ISO9001:2015 and AS9100D Quality Management Standards are planned to be published in 2015 and 2016 respectively, here’s a summary of what we know so far;


The basic Quality Management System standard has been under review for a number of years and is expected to be updated September 2015. This and other management system standards such as ISO14001, are being harmonised in order to support integration. The customer remains a key focus, but the new standard will reflect its growing adoption in the service sector. The number of clauses in the standard is increasing to 10 and will include: Scope, Normative References, Terms and Definitions, Context of the Organisation, Leadership, Planning, Support, Operation, Performance Evaluation, and Improvement.

Within these new clauses, there is more focus on understanding the organisation and its needs, addressing business risks and opportunities, objective planning and achieving desired outputs. The term ‘documented information’ also replaces the current explicit requirements for a Quality Manual, Procedures and Quality Records. It seems the standard is taking another big step towards the process approach and business excellence principles!

We think this is good news as it will provide much more value to businesses and their customers. However, it will place additional demands on certificate holders, and will require auditors and QMS consultants to have a better general understanding of business operations, and to adjust their auditing approach. The transition period is likely to be 2 to 3 years from September 2015.


Revised AS9100 series standards are planned for release early in 2016, following the harmonisation work noted above. The focus is on adopting the new format and fixing any ‘broken’ elements of the current standard. The IAQG has said it will be cautious about adding any new requirements above and beyond what will be needed for harmonisation.

As it happens, the standard already has a greater focus on risk management, the process approach, meeting desired outputs etc., so we think Revision D will be less of a shock to businesses, auditors and QMS consultants than ISO9001:2015.

The CQI and IRCA websites have more detailed information on ISO9001:2015, there are fewer internet resources for AS9100D. We are posting links to our blog on our LinkedIn company page, if you would like to keep informed of developments, click on the link in the top right hand side of this page and follow us.