ISO ignored formal votes against revision ISO 9001 for three years, but only one week after a sixth vote finally went their way, TC 176 launched its search for Working Group leaders to head up the revision.

The original vote — and only “legal” one, under ISO procedures — to revise ISO 9001 was made in 2020, as part of the formal Systematic Review (SR) process. That vote came back against revising the standard, pissing off key leaders like ISO Secretary-General Sergio Mujica and Techincal Management Board toady Dick Hortensius, who have desperately wanted to update ISO 9001 for political and personal reasons. So ISO spend the next three years aggressively trying to get ISO members to change their votes, trotting out disingenuous “spokespeople” like Paul Simpson and Jose Dominguez to try and convince people that ignoring the SR and submitting an entirely different opinion was totally normal.

Finally, on the sixth vote attempt, ISO got the answer it wanted, and enough nations simply abstained from the voting to allow the “revise” block to get their majority.

So you’d think that ISO would be as thoughtful and circumspect about moving forward as they were with the effort to force the revision, right?

Of course not.

Within one week ISO TC 176 published an internal call for nominations for leaders of the Working Group who will head up the revision process.

So when it suits ISO’s political and profit motives, it can drag out ISO procedures for an insane number of years. But once they get what they wanted in the first place, they suddenly have the ability to move like lightning.

Even this latest move is theatrics. We all know that Lorri Hunt, Jose Dominguez, and/or Devindra Chattergoon are going to be assigned this job. Which will require ISO to — again — ignore its own procedures and allow deeply conflicted private consultants, who openly use their TC176 roles to put money in their own pockets — to manage this process. Or maybe they will just stop all the pretense and hand it to Nigel Croft already?

Whoever gets it will absolutely, 100% be a private consultant, and one of the people who have been out there lying to everyone about the authenticity of the ISO process thus far, which has been anything but authentic.

Consensus? That’s for suckers.

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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