Recent development of ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001

Both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 are under revision by Technical Committee 176 and 207 respectively.  Committee Drafts ISO/CD 14001 was published in 11th May 2013 while ISO/CD 9001 is being circulated to national standard bodies for commenting and ballot. At this moment, both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 are expected to be published in 2015.

The text of clauses and sub-clauses are still to be finalized but some of the key changes in committee draft are worth to take note.

Both standards will use the High Level Structure (Annex SL, previously ISO Guide 83) which defines the framework for a generic management system. The core management system requirements will share the same clause no, identical core text based on the common terms and definitions. The High Level Structure will affect the layout of the revised standards and the language used. Discipline-specific sub-clauses and texts will be added for each revised standard. The major clause numbers and titles are:


  1. Scope
  2. Normative references
  3. Terms and definitions
  4. Context of the organization
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Operation
  9. Performance evaluation
  10. Improvement

The use of High Level Structure for all management system standards facilitates integration of management system documents and audits.  For example, "documented information" will be used instead of “document” and “record”.

According to IEMA, a member of UK mirror committee for ISO 14001, there will be no reduction or diminution in the requirements of ISO 14001. IEMA’s ISO 14001 Revision Briefing Note summarized the key changes proposed in ISO/CD 14001.

The committee draft of ISO 9001 proposed to replace the term “product” with “goods and services” to make it more truly generic, with a particular emphasis for organizations that provide services. Where possible, clauses of the standard have been revised to reduce the prescriptive nature of some requirements which were originally derived from practices for the hardware sector, in particular clauses on Monitoring and measuring devices and Development of goods and services.

Clause on Control of external provision of goods and services, addresses all forms of external provision, whether it is by purchasing from a supplier, through an arrangement with an associate company, through the outsourcing of processes and functions of the organisation or by any other means. The organisation is required to take a risk based approach to determine the type and extent of controls appropriate to each external provider and all external provision of goods and services.

There is only interesting development in OHSAS 18001. In February 2013, BSI (UK) submitted a new work item proposal on Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements to ISO.  If the NWIP is approved, the work is proposed to be carried out in a Project Committee.