LRQA ISO Standards Revisions: Have your say!

With ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) both at Draft International Standard stage, along with ISO 45001 (set to replace Occupational Health & Safety Standard OHSAS 18001) being at Committee Draft (CD) stage, the ISO revisions are well underway.

International Standards are developed by ISO technical committees (TC) and subcommittees (SC) by a clearly defined process and all International Standards are reviewed at least every five years by all the ISO member bodies to ensure that they remain relevant and add value. It is at both the CD and DIS stages that Interested Parties can submit feedback that will be considered before the actual publication of the standard itself.

Through LRQA’s membership of the Independent International Organisation for Certification (IIOC), LRQA participates in all of the major committees helping to shape the future of the world’ leading ISO standards.

You can have your say by contacting your local national standard body (NSB), who in turn is an ISO member body. The current deadlines for comments are:

  • ISO 9001 Quality Management                    10 October 2014
  • ISO 14001 Environmental Management       28 November 2014
  • ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety    31 October 2014

As ISO 45001 is at the CD stage, this is not currently available for public comment. Only NSBs and liaison organisations have the option to comment at this stage of the revision process.

LRQA’s System and Governance Manager, Steve Williams, who is a member of the ISO Technical Committees for ISO 14001 and ISO 45001, explains: “Feedback during the comment phase is invaluable for the Technical Committee as it helps us to ensure that the revised international standard is fit for purpose. This is a great opportunity for everyone involved in management systems to get involved and shape the standards for the future.”

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Further information about the ISO Standard Revisions is available at www.lrqa.com/isostandardsupdate.