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ISO 50001—“Energy management systems—Requirements with guidance for use” was released on June 9, 2011.

This new voluntary consensus standard is intended to provide organizations with a recognized framework for integrating energy performance into their management practices.

Requirements include

  • energy planning with continual improvement
  • reviews of energy use and consumption against energy performance baseline for areas of significance in terms of facilities, equipment, systems, processes, and personnel, and
  • identification of opportunities for improved performance, their prioritization and recording against the baseline for energy use, consumption, efficiency, and intensity.

ISO 9001 - What does it mean in the supply chain?

ISO 9001 has become the global benchmark for quality management systems in 176 countries and is used as a framework for providing assurance about a supplier's ability to satisfy customer requirements.

International Organization for Standardization has released an updated edition of its online brochure, ISO 9001 - What does it mean in the supply chain? This provides answers to ‘what can purchasers reasonably expect from suppliers certified to ISO 9001’ and related questions such as

  • What is ISO 9001?
  • What does conformity to ISO 9001 mean?
  • How does ISO 9001 help you in selecting a supplier?
  • How can you have confidence that you supplier meets ISO 9001?
  • Can suppliers claim that their goods or services meet ISO 9001?
  • What to do if things go wrong?

You can access the free brochure, ISO 9001 - What does it mean in the supply chain?, at the ISO web site.

ISO 9001:2008 Released

The latest edition of the International Standard "ISO 9001:2008, Quality Management System – Requirements" has been published by ISO (November 2008). It is the fourth edition of the standard first published in 1987. ISO 9001 has become the global benchmark for providing assurance about the ability to satisfy quality requirements and to enhance customer satisfaction in supplier-customer relationships and is used by organizations in 175 countries as the framework for their quality management systems. Up to the end of December 2007, at least 951,486 certificates for ISO 9001:2000 had been issued worldwide.

There are no new requirements in ISO 9001:2008 compared to the 2000 edition, which it replaces. It provides clarifications to the existing requirements of ISO 9001:2000 based on eight years' experience of implementing the standard worldwide and the minor changes are intended to improve its consistency with the environmental management system standard, ISO 14001:2004. (See summary of changes below)

ISO/TC 176/SC 2 has also developed an Introduction and support package of documents explaining what the differences are between ISO 9001:2008 and the year 2000 version.

ISO and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) have agreed on an implementation plan to ensure a smooth transition of accredited certification to ISO 9001:2008.

ISO 9001:2008 Summary of changes based on the FDIS
(Final Draft International Standard)

Examples and nature of the proposed changes
(underlined words are additions)

4.1 General Requirements

Clause 4.1 a)

The word "Identify" has been replaced with "Determine", which implies more analysis and judgment than merely identifying the processes needed for the quality management system and their application throughout the organization.

Clause 4.1 e)

This requirement change indicates that processes are to be measured "where applicable".

Clause 4.1 regarding outsourcing

The proposed change clarifies that specific controls are to be defined and applied, not just identified within the QMS.
The current Note under clause 4.1 has been expanded and two new Notes have been added. One of the new notes provides an explanation of what is considered an outsourced process and the second one identifies the factors influencing the control of an outsourced process.

4.2 Documentation Requirements

4.2.1 General

The requirement changes in 4.2.1 are basically just a restructuring of the sub-clauses c), d), and e).

4.2.3 Control of Documents

The proposed change in sub-clause (f) clarifies that only those external documents, that are necessary for the planning and operation of the quality management system, have to be identified and controlled.

4.2.4 Control of Records

The opening sentence for clause 4.2.4 has expanded from records being "maintained" to having them "controlled". Later in the clause it is proposed to reduce &retention time" to "retention".
Therefore, the proposed changes to clause 4 in the draft ISO 9001 are primarily clarifications for improved understanding of the existing requirements.

5.5.2 Management Representative

The proposed change in this clause clarifies the existing requirement to appoint a Management Representative who is a member of their own management team.

6. Resource Management

6.2 Human Resources

6.2.1 General

The proposed revision for this clause is from work affecting "product quality" to work affecting "conformity to product requirements". This change should not result in a new interpretation of the requirement. A new Note has also been proposed for clause 6.2.1 to explain that anyone working within the system may affect conformity to product requirements.

6.2.2 Competence, Training, and Awareness, and Training

It is proposed to change the clause title as above and also the sequence of requirements to match the same. The other proposed minor changes include changing "ensure the effectiveness of the actions taken" to "ensure that the necessary competence has been achieved".

6.3 Infrastructure

The only proposed change under Infrastructure is to include "information systems" as an additional example of a supporting service.

6.4 Work Environment

The only proposed change to this clause is to add a Note to explain the term Work Environment by providing examples of work environment conditions for achieving product conformity.

7.1 Planning of Product Realization

The only proposed change to the text of clause 7.1 is the addition of "measurement" as one of the required activities to be determined during the planning of product realization.

7.2 Customer-Related Processes

7.2.1 Determination of Requirements Related to the Product

The slight proposed change from "for delivery and post-delivery activities" to "for delivery, and for post-delivery activities" adds emphasis to post-delivery activities. In addition, a new Note, with examples of post-delivery activities, is proposed.
The proposed change from "related" to "applicable", for "statutory and regulatory requirements" shifts the meaning from determining legal requirements that are merely associated with the product to those that are relevant and can be applied to the product.
Similarly, for &any additional requirements& the word &determined& is proposed to be substituted by &considered necessary& thereby clarifying that the additional requirements aren't just determined, they are determined to be needed by the organization.

7.3 Design and Development

7.3.1 Design and Development Planning

The proposed new Note to be added to Clause 7.3.1.b explains that although review, verification, and validation have distinct goals, they can be carried out separately or in any combination.

7.3.3 Design and Development Outputs

The proposed change removes the unnecessary word, "provided". It also switches from "a form that enables verification" to "a form suitable for verification". Also the proposed new note reminds to include details for the preservation of product.

7.5 Production and Service Provision

7.5.1 Control of Production and Service Provision

d) Word "devices" changed to "equipment"
f) Instead of "the implementation of release", it now reads "the implementation of product release".

7.5.2 Validation of Processes for Production and Service Provision

The words "this includes any processes where" have been changed to "and, as a consequence".

7.5.3 Identification and Traceability

The sentence now reads, as "The organization shall identify the product status with respect to monitoring and measurements throughout product realization." This is stating the obvious.
Similarly, language has been modified to "and maintain records" instead of "record " in the context where traceability is a requirement.

7.5.4 Customer Property

Besides the typographical change in the verbiage, the change in the note adds "and personal data" in addition to the intellectual property, as a clarification and better understanding of the intangible customer property some organizations may be dealing with.

7.5.5 Preservation of Product

Since "conformity of product" may have been confusing for some, the new language "conformity to requirements" should be easier to understand. Also preservation shall include activities mentioned in this clause "as applicable".

7.6 Control of Monitoring and Measuring Equipment

In the title, note the word "Equipment" in place of "Devices". Other minor changes clarify that a type of equipment might be both calibrated and/or verified. It also clarifies that the measuring equipment may come with the identification already in place.
The last paragraph about the computer software has been deleted and a new not has been added to explain that confirmation of software would include verification and configuration management.

8.1 General

"Conformity to product" has been revised to "conformity to product requirements" an in the earlier clause.

8.2.1 Customer Satisfaction

A new note has been added to provide examples of monitoring customer perceptions.

8.2.2 Internal Audits

There is some rewording to emphasize the need for a documented procedure and establishing records prior to reporting the results. The word "actions" has been expanded to "any necessary actions and corrective actions" to emphasize that immediate correction might be needed before a formal corrective action process kicks in.

8.2.3 Monitoring and Measurement of Processes

A note explains what is a "suitable" method for monitoring and measuring processes.

8.2.4 Monitoring and Measurement of Product

To emphasize maintaining "evidence of conformity with the acceptance criteria" this verbiage has been moved to the first paragraph. It is understood that for the requirement that "Records shall indicate the person(s) authorizing release of product for release to customer", the release of product is not to the next in-process stage, but for delivery to the customer.

8.3 Control of Nonconforming Product

Besides other minor changes to the verbiage, the addition of "where applicable" means, where relevant and suitable, deal with the nonconforming product in one or more of the four ways listed.

8.4 Analysis of Data

The changes here were to revise a reference (from 7.2.1 to 8.2.4) for conformity to product requirements, and to add new references (8.2.3, 8.2.4, and 7.4) for characteristics and trends of processes and products, and suppliers respectively.

8.5 Improvement

8.5.1 Continual Improvement

No changes

8.5.2 Corrective Action

Besides changing the word "cause" of nonconformity to "causes", sub clause f) has been revised to "reviewing the effectiveness of the corrective action taken.

8.5.3 Preventive Action

Here also, as above, sub clause e) has been revised to "reviewing the effectiveness of the preventive action taken.

Note :

The above information is based on published sources for proposed changed in the FDIS. You must refer to the ISO 9001:2008 Standard for your use since the final released standard may differ from the FDIS.