The main changes in the new draft relate to its format and the increased importance on risk. These include:
- the same high-level structure used by other management system standards which will help companies implementing more than one standard,
- the identification of risk and risk control as requirements in the standard,
- the requirement of top management to take a more active role in aligning quality policies with business needs, and
- a number of changes in terminology.
Organisations certified to the current standard, ISO 9001:2008 will be given a three-year transition period after the new version has been published to migrate to the new edition of the standard.