The ever-promoting Chad Kymal of Omnex, alongside ASQ stalwart R. Dan Reid, have apparently forgotten to switch to decaf, and may be unnecessarily freaking out the entire world with a completely erroneous report that claims ISO 9001:2015 could be released in mere weeks, rather than at the end of 2015 as planned.

omnexdunceIn the Omnex Winter 2015 newsletter, released today, Kymal and Reid claim:

“The ISO/TC 176 can consider moving the DIS to an IS and bypassing the FDIS, thus bringing out the standard earlier than planned.”


“ISO 9001 could be released as soon as March 2015 if the TC 176 elects not to do an FDIS.”

The only problem is that it’s utterly untrue. Yes, ISO could have pushed for an early release, but that wasn’t on the table previously, and it’s definitely not on the table now. Undeterred, when questioned, Reid said, [The article] is correct. They can elect to by-pass FDIS but I don’t think they will.”

Except, well… no. According to my peeps:

ISO/IEC Directives [allow] that when the DIS meets the necessary approval criteria, the default procedure is to go directly from DIS to publication, but there is an option for the committee leadership to decide to include the FDIS.  It has been stated by the leadership, in past meetings, that 9001 will go through the FDIS stage.  At the last meeting, where the DIS comments were reviewed, the meeting finished off with an agreement that an end-to-end review would be done at the following meeting and then decide if the document is mature enough to be released for the FDIS ballot.

Presumably if the document was not deemed “mature” enough for FDIS, it would actually go through another DIS… not be fast-tracked to a published standard. But that’s unlikely:

There doesn’t appear to be much chance of a second DIS, since the overall vote on the DIS was approval [and] to go to FDIS.  And, with 3100+ comments on the DIS, there would be a lot of yelling and shouting, if countries didn’t have a chance to review the resultant output, before publication.

In fact, insiders are saying the original September 2015 date is at risk, and now the standard will be released a few months late, in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Saying dumb things have have no basis in reality is not new for Omnex or Kymal, who once claimed that Omnex training courses provide “the most comprehensive review of RABQSA, IRCA, key registrars, and ISO 9001 Technical Committee TC 176 requirements.”  The problem is that there are no requirements for auditors mandated by “key registrars” or TC 176. Registrars cannot “mandate” any requirements for auditors other than their own, and certainly cannot mandate any for internal auditors of a client company.


About Christopher Paris

Christopher Paris is the founder and VP Operations of Oxebridge. He has over 30 years' experience implementing ISO 9001 and AS9100 systems, and is a vocal advocate for the development and use of standards from the point of view of actual users. He is the author of Surviving ISO 9001 and Surviving AS9100. He reviews wines for the irreverent wine blog, Winepisser.


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