ISO 9001 compliance becomes increasingly important in regulated industries. How does it affect documentation? Here is how...
What is Document Control?
Document control means that the right persons have the current version of the documents they need, while unauthorized persons are prevented from use.
We all handle many documents every day. These documents include forms that we fill out, instructions that we follow, invoices that we enter into the computer system, holiday schedules that we check for the next day off, rate sheets that we use to bill our customers, and many more.
An error on any of these documents could lead to problems. Using an outdated version could lead to problems. Not knowing if we have the latest version or not could lead to problems. Just imagine us setting up a production line to outdated specifications or making strategic decisions based on a wrong financial statement.
ISO 9001 gives us tools (also referred to as "requirements") that show us how to control our documents.