Originally developed and published in 1987, ISO 9001 was based on the quality management principles originally identified by Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Dr. Joseph M. Duran and other leading quality management system quality professionals. Since then, ISO 9001 has served as the foundation for many other sector specific management system standards, such as ISO 13485 (medical), AS 9100 (aerospace & defense), TS 16949 (automotive) and TL 9000 (telecommunications).
In recent years, the ISO Technical Committee 176 (TC 176), the committee responsible for ISO 9001, determined that a fundamental review of the standard and its underlying quality management principles was required. That review found that the standard was in active, widespread use, and had withstood the test of time well. At the same time, the review also noted that the essential principles that served as the basis for ISO 9001 had undergone considerable evolution during the 25 years since the standard’s original publication, and that the standard needed to evolve to remain relevant to modern quality management practices.