ISO 9001: Design And Development (Part 3)

In this series of blog posts, I will be taking a look at the main sections of ISO 9001, what they are, why they are important ...

This 101 is looking further into Section 8.3.2 Design and Development Inputs. Why is this important to my business? Well, design and development need to be planned to ensure all activities and tasks that are necessary are implemented.

"When you plan anything, this has an impact on money, people and other resources!"

Design and development also requires good inputs, to ensure the output will be correct. If you are in manufacturing, this could be specifying a new machine. In the service industry, this could be a use case for new software development.

What do I include?

ISO 9001 gives you the following ideas of what must be considered as inputs when designing and developing your next product or service:

Documented evidence of this process must be kept and ideally referred to in the project planning stage where appropriate to do so.

How do I manage this? This will vary depending on your business. You may have a simple form that outlines all the above inputs that you go through as part of a meeting, or it may be part of a more complex project management process your company uses.

There are a variety of ways you can implement this. Personally I use Teamworks to help me plan any project, including design and development ones. You can create a notebook in each project which goes through each of the suggested inputs to record them.

All documentation is version controlled so you can alternatively upload any word docs or link to any google docs you might have that are relevant. All this can be included in a project template that can be replicated for each project.

Many of the companies I have worked with have found it useful to have an independent person to work with them to help understand the requirements and how to implement them.


If you would like to know more about anything I've mentioned in this blog post, do give me a call on 01858 414226 or leave a comment below and let's see how I can help you.