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March 9, 2015, ISO 9001:2015 News, For Immediate Release, Dayton, Ohio

The next steps to moving ISO 9001:2015 to the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) stage were completed in a meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, the week of February 16, 2015. The meeting served as a continuation of the meeting conducted in November 2015 at Galway, Ireland. The working group experts met in plenary to establish consensus on the work that was previously completed.

Technical comments that were not submitted as comments on the Draft International Standard were not considered. The experts did consider output from a recent validation activity that reviewed user feedback on potential concerns with the revised ISO 9001:2015 standard. As a result of the meeting, the working group experts completed their consideration of comments and have completed their work. The completed work now begins the process of ballot.

The draft of ISO 9001:2015 will be reviewed by the secretary of ISO TC 176/SC2 who will forward the work to the ISO Central Secretariat (ISO CS). From here, the ISO CS will edit the document and prepare it for ballot. The established timeline indicates that the ballot will be distributed to participating members (countries) of ISO TC 176 sometime in July. The ballot on the ISO 9001:2015 FDIS is a “Yes-No” ballot. No technical comments will be accepted on “yes” votes. Negative votes require rationale. However, changes based on this rationale will not be made.

Because of this process, users of ISO 9001:2015 can be assured that when the FDIS is published, they can begin their implementation efforts in earnest. Upon conclusion of a successful FDIS ballot, the ISO 9001:2015 standard will be published in the September 2015.

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