ISO 9001 is the most widely adopted quality management system, with over 1,000,000 certified systems in place worldwide.
The adoption of a quality management system is a strategic decision for an organization that can help to improve its overall performance and provide a sound basis for sustainable development initiatives. ISO 9001 specifies detailed requirements for quality management systems.
ISO 9001 has been revised several times:
- 2015 – a very wide ranging revision of structure and concepts
- 2008 – a minor change
- 2000 – a major change to incorporate ‘the process approach’
- 1994 – introduced as an international standard
- 1987 – originally published in the UK as BS 5750-1