What’s new in ISO 9001:2015

When design professionals read the one-size-fits-all “Esperanto” of ISO 9001, it can feel like a dark wood, full of uncertainty. Managing Quality in Architecture  is your guidebook to that forest, showing the best path through it.

For architects and engineers, the key changes in the 2015 version from the previous 2008 version are:

  • There are no longer any mandatory clauses.
  • A greater focus on process inputs and outputs.
  • A greater focus on planning, particularly on the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) cycle.
  • A new requirement to include “risk-based thinking” and risk analysis.
  • A greater focus on stakeholders.
  • The necessity of having a “quality manager” is eliminated; replaced by a transfer of responsibility to firm owners.

See chapters 2.1 and 5.2 of Managing Quality in Architecture 2nd Edition for more information on these changes.