ISO 9000 & AUDITS WORLD CONFERENCE
Understanding the Annex L Revision
Presenter: Lorri Hunt, President, Lorri Hunt & Associates, Inc., Kansas City, MO, USA
Keywords: Annex L ISO 9001:2015, Future of standards
Don’t panic. ISO 9001 is not in the revision process. However, Annex L (previously Annex SL) which is the core of every management system standard is in the revision process. During the last revision of management system standards, standards writers were required to use the common text and definitions that were established. Standards writers were allowed to deviate but were required to file a report on what deviations that had taken and the reason for the deviation. This core text and definitions was called Annex SL during the last revision process. Annex SL is not identified as Annex L due to the IEC’s adoption of the standard.
Annex Lis now in the revision process. This does not mean that management system standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, or ISO 45001 will be required to be revised immediately. It simply means that at the time of the next revision process, any changes in Annex L would be required to be incorporated into the management system standard. The change of the Annex title is not an indication of a substantial change. The project specification for the revision to Annex L is by design limited. This session will discuss the project specification, the timeline for its implementation, and why it is important for users to have a general understanding about Annex L. The session will also provide information about users of more than one management system standard in order to understand why the same requirement in different management system standards needs to be understood in the specific context of that standard in order to effectively implement it.