ISO 9001:2015

Who are the ISO-International Organization for Standardization?

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards.  Their standards offer solutions and best practice for almost all types of technology and business, helping companies and organizations to increase performance while protecting consumers and the planet.

Developed through global consensus, their standards aim to break down barriers to international trade. Some well known standards include ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment) and ISO 27001 (information security management).

What is ISO 9001:2015?

ISO 9001:2015 is the standard that provides a set of standardized requirements for a quality management system, regardless of what the user organization does, its size, or whether it is in the private, or public sector. It is the only standard in the  ISO 9000 family against which organizations can be certified – although certification is not a compulsory requirement of the standard.

ISO 9001:2015 meaning


As mentioned above, ISO refers to the International Organization for Standardization. This organization develops the standards, and it does in order to certify businesses or organizations. Certification is handled third-party and tested annually. 


The number appearing after ISO classifies the standard. All standards within the ISO 9000 family refer to quality management. ISO 9001 is among ISO’s best-known standards, and it defines the criteria for meeting a number of quality management principles. It helps businesses and organizations be more efficient and improve customer satisfaction. 


The final number in an ISO certification refers to the version of the standard that’s being met and is represented by the calendar year those standards were launched. 2015 is the fifth edition of ISO 9001. It was launched in September 2015, and Mead Metals has updated its processes to meet the specifications of this newest version. 

Documents required for ISO 9001?
ISO 9001 documentation requirements depends on the size and complexity of your organization.

Market value/Market acceptance of ISO

ISO 9001 is the most popular international management system standard worldwide. Since the first publication of the standard in 1987 the number of accredited organizations rose up to 1.1 million in 2010, since then it has stabilized at that level until the last ISO survey of 2014.

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