New ISO 9001 standard released

The American Society for Quality releases ISO 9001: 2008, the latest version of the widely used quality management systems standard.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff December 8, 2008

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) is offering ISO 9001:2008, updated version of the widely used standard for quality management systems (QMS). ISO 9001 is used to foster client confidence in products and services offered by certified organizations. The new version replaces the year 2000 version, which is used in 170 countries.

A few key facts about the new standard:
* ISO 9001:2008 is an amendment with no new or deleted requirements.
* Changes to the standard relate to one of the following categories: clarifications, improved compatibility with ISO 14001, consistency within the ISO 9000 family, or improved translation.
* Compliance to ISO 9001:2008 will be verified on a surveillance or recertification audit.

ASQ is offering the new standard to members for $76 for members, or $95 for nonmembers. To purchase, visit or call 800-248-1946.