Throughout the years, there has always been talk about what are the absolute minimum requirements for an organization with ISO 9001 certification. This is really common for organizations that think that ISO 9001 is burden on the organization. It is true that many organization that try to implement ISO without the help of a consultant or set of products like ours, tend to over document their system and place an excessive labor requirement on the organization. For those who want the absolute minimum in a quality system, you may try meeting the absolute minimum procedural requirements.

Because of the way the ISO 9001: 2008 standard is written, some people say there are six "required" procedures.

  • Document Control (clause 4.2.3)
  • Control of Quality Records (clause 4.2.4)
  • Internal Audit (clause 8.2.2)
  • Control of Nonconformity (clause 8.3)
  • Corrective Action (clause 8.5.2)
  • Preventive Action (clause 8.5.3)

This is bit misleading because I don’t think there are any companies that could pass an audit with only 6 procedures. The rest of the procedures are required "as needed" but they are need at every company as far as I know.

I would be interest to see if anyone ever tried to get ISO 9001:2008 certification with only these six procedures.