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In 1987 the International Organisation for Standardization, or ISO, established a series of international
quality standards called the ISO 9000 Series of Standards. These standards were
developed from the British Standards BS 5750 Parts 1-3. The series is not specific
to any one industry, but when used with proper industry-specific standards, helps
build a strong foundation for a quality system. The idea behind ISO is to promote standardization
which will facilitate the international exchange of goods and services. The BS versions of these standards
are as issued by the BSI.
For Reference a list of the relevant standards is provided below;
BS EN ISO 9000:2005 Quality management systems. Fundamentals and vocabulary
BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Quality management systems. Requirements
BS EN ISO 9004:2009 Managing for the sustained success of an organization. A quality management approach.
BS EN ISO 9000 provides the user with guidelines for selection and use of ISO 9001
BS EN ISO 9004 provides guidelines for internal use by a producer developing its own quality
system to meet business needs and take advantage of opportunities.