The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) technical committee has recently released a guidance document- “Guidance on the Requirements for Documented Information of ISO 9001:2015”. The purpose this guidance document is to help the implementers of ISO 900- 2015 with specific regards to documented information.

ISO 9001-2015 allows flexibility for an organization in the way it chooses to document its Quality Management System (QMS). ISO 9001-2008 demanded a set of mandatory procedures. In ISO 9001-2015 there is no demand for record or procedures, instead it is stated as documented information. Based on the new version, organization can choose the type and formats for documenting the QMS. It could be of any media / any type of file (e.g. checklists, flowchart etc)

This doesn’t mean that documentation is going away from ISO 9001-2015. Documentation is required and it should be kept under control too.  It is not required to rewrite the existing QMS in an organization already compliant to ISO 9001-2008 to meet the requirements of IS 9001-2015. Organizations can use terms which suit their operations, e.g., records, documentation, protocols, etc. rather than documented information.