What Is the ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard?

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The ANSI/ASQ 9001: 2015 Quality Management Systems Standard is the US national standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS).

It is an identical adoption of the ISO 9001 standard for Quality Management Systems.

If you’d like to learn more, read on. Also, know that we’ve got a nice (and free!) 7 Basic Tools of Quality download for you at the bottom of this article, as well as the following other Quality-related downloads for you: Deming’s 14 Management Points Guide, DMAIC Infographic, and PDCA Cycle infographic.

What Is the ANSI/ASQ 9001: 2015 Quality Management Systems Standard?

As we mentioned above, ANSI/ASQ 9001:2015 is US national standards for quality management systems, and it’s the US adoption of the ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management standard.

Here’s how the ASQ explains it:

ISO 9001 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. It is the most popular standard in the ISO 9000 series and the only standard in the series to which organizations can certify.

ISO 9001 was first published in 1987 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an international agency composed of the national standards bodies of more than 160 countries. The current version of ISO 9001 was released in September 2015.

What’s a Quality Management System (QMS), Anyway?

Here’s how ASQ defines a quality management system:

A quality management system (QMS) is defined as a formalized system that documents processes, procedures, and responsibilities for achieving quality policies and objectives. A QMS helps coordinate and direct an organization’s activities to meet customer and regulatory requirements and improve its effectiveness and efficiency on a continuous basis.

When Was ANSI/ASQ 9001 Last Updated?

Just like ISO 9001, the standard was updated in 2015. Be sure you’re using (or buying) the most recent version.


Conclusion: The ISO/ANSI/ASQ 9001 Standard for Quality Management Systems

If you’re looking to up your quality game (so to speak), ISO/ANSI/ASQ 9001 is the place to start.

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Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. He's worked in training/learning & development for 20 years, in safety and safety training for more than 10, is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry OSHA 10 and 30, has completed a General Industry Safety and Health Specialist Certificate from the University of Washington/Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center, and is a member of the committee creating the upcoming ANSI Z490.2 national standard on online environmental, health, and safety training.

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