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The complete history of ISO 9001

ISO 9001 is an international standard that defines the requirements for implementing a quality management system in organisations. It is dynamic and adaptable which makes it suitable for all industries and businesses of any size. And it is the only standard in the ISO 9000 series your organisation can achieve certification for. 


ISO 9001 timeline

The ISO 9001 standard has a long history dating back to the 1950s when the US and UK government departments established standards for procuring military supplies. Organisations supplying the military had to comply with quality assurance requirements in their contracts. This led to publishing British Standard 5750 in 1979 which was the first specific quality management system for organisations. 


Since its first publication, ISO 9001 has gone through a series of updates to ensure it meets the changing requirements of businesses across the world.


The following is the timeline of ISO 9001 since its inception:

  1. 1980. In 1980, the Technical Committee 176 was formed.
  2. 1987. In 1987, ISO 9001 was first published in 1987. 
  3. 1994. In 1994, ISO 9001 went through its first minor update. This included clarifications and changes to improve the design and development clause.
  4. 2000. In 2000, ISO 9001 had its first major revision.
  5. 2008. In 2008, was the second minor revision to clarify the issues raised by the major revision in 2000.
  6. 2015. In 2015, ISO 9001 went through its second major revision. And it remains the current version organisations have to meet for certification.


ISO 9001 certification benefits

By achieving ISO 9001:2015 certification, your organisation demonstrates it:

  • Understands, accepts and follows the ISO 9001 guidelines.
  • Works to fulfil the organisation’s own requirements.
  • Maintains the documentation required for a quality management system.
  • Meets customer, regulatory and statutory requirements.

Receiving ISO 9001 certification can improve your organisation’s reputation. It demonstrates to your customers that the services and products you provide meet their expectations. 


While ISO 9001 is suitable for all industries, it has particular benefit for the following industries:

  • Construction. By adhering to ISO 9001, construction companies can achieve a reduction in waste, better efficiencies and a safer workplace.
  • Manufacturing. With manufacturing becoming more automated, implementing quality management systems assists in communicating value to local and international markets. 
  • Engineering. Quality assurance is vital for engineering companies. Adhering to ISO 9001 demonstrates the ability to identify nonconformities and potential hazards, and plan to mitigate the risks.
  • Community service organisations. By putting quality management systems in place, community service organisations can better handle feedback and demonstrate an increase in successful projects.
  • Technology service organisations. ISO 9001 helps technology service organisations streamline their complex internal processes for more effective outputs. 
  • Healthcare industry. Implementing quality management systems in health care facilities provides a powerful assessment tool. This will create more efficient and effective operations that benefit the community.


So if quality is important to your business, contact us for more information about ISO 9001 certification. We can show you how to implement a quality management system to earn consumer trust and grow your business so it reaches its potential. 

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