ISO 9001:2025

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ISO 9001:2025 Working Draft Completed

The Working Draft (WD) of the next version of ISO 9001 has been completed, according to internal TC 176 documents leaked to Oxebridge.

The WD represents the first step in the drafting process, with the next versions expected to be the Committee Draft (CD), Draft International Standard (DIS), and Final Draft International Standard (FDIS).

Typically, the WD is not released to the public. Oxebridge has not yet obtained the WD, but is expected to shortly.

ISO ignored its procedures and the set of regulations imposed on it by the World Trade Organization by pushing ahead with the ISO 9001 revision. Multiple official votes by ISO member nations rejected the idea of revising the current version, ISO 9001:2015, but ISO ignored those results. Instead, ISO held a series of additional ballots while private consultants put pressure on some member nations to change their votes. At the same time, ISO’s TC 176 — the technical committee responsible for ISO 9001 — had already begun work on the new standard.

Eventually, after a sixth attempt, enough nations abstained to grant the revision effort a small majority. ISO threw out the results of the first five attempts and used the sixth to justify pushing forward. Behind the scenes, however, entire sections of the standard had already been re-drafted.

Given the pace at which TC 176 is proceeding, a CD is expected in the next few months. It is expected the CD will include the core “Annex SL” text imposed by the ISO Technical Management Board, as well as the additional language related to UN sustainability goals, such as climate change, as mandated by ISO Secretary-General Sergio Mujica.

The CD will likely be released for comment, but this is limited only to portions of the text authored by TC 176 itself, and not the portions mandated by Mujica or the TMB. Comments may only be submitted by official TC 176 member representatives; users and the public are not provided the opportunity to comment on the draft.

ISO 9001:2015 was poorly received after the prior version, originally published in 2000. It is expected that the 2025 version will also struggle to gain traction as the standard becomes a means for ISO officials to inject their personal political opinions, and for consultants to sell their services, rather than incorporate best practices as presented by quality management subject matter experts.

ISO continues to allow private consultants to dominate the development of ISO 9001, another violation of official procedures.