ISO 29001, Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries – Sector-specific quality management systems – Requirements for product and service supply organizations, joins the ranks of management system standards (MSS) that are tailored to the needs of specific sectors. It replaces the previous technical specification, ISO/TS 29001, and goes far beyond just a change of name. The most significant revision is the way in which it’s been aligned to ISO 9001.
Mr Ted Fletcher, Convenor of the working group that developed ISO 290011), and Mr Jarno Dakhorst, the group Secretary, explain that the new standard builds on ISO 9001 through definition of supplementary requirements with supporting guidance to promote standardization of quality requirements within the sector. They point out that some elements will be familiar to those who already used the technical specification, but several new elements were introduced when transforming it into an International Standard. They explained that the increased focus on business objectives and risk management in ISO 9001:2015 provided the drive to create the new International Standard.
Whereas the old technical specification provided sector-specific requirements and guidance that complemented the general requirements of ISO 9001, the new ISO 29001 also introduces a risk-based approach to the way organizations specify and implement quality management system requirements in the petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries. It further promotes standardization across the sector by providing a framework for aligning requirements with complementary MSS.
For those who wish to fully understand the differences between the two, further information is available on the technical committee’s own Website.
1) ISO 29001 was prepared by technical committee ISO/TC 67, Materials, equipment and offshore structures for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries, in collaboration with the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) technical committee CEN/TC 12, Materials, equipment and offshore structures for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries.