Management system guidance

High level structure

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High level structure

The future structure of ISO 9001 and other management system standards include a harmonised, high level structure, where the clause numbers are identical. Each standard has 10 common headings that allow implementers and auditors to work around a consistent framework:

High level structure
1.0 Scope
2.0 Normative references
3.0 Terms and definitions
4.0 Context of the organization
5.0 Leadership
6.0 Planning
7.0 Support
8.0 Operation
9.0 Performance evaluation
10.0 Improvement


The intent should help to minimise potential conflict between the disparate terminology that each current standard presents us with. For instance, the concept of risk is broadened to encompass the many forms of risk that an organization might perceive.

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