International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies
hand typing

Drafting IEC publications



Aspects of quality management systems,
reliability and sampling


General aspects are dealt with by ISO/TC 69 Applications of statistical methods, ISO/TC 176 Quality management and quality assurance and IEC TC 56 Dependability. Documents developed by those technical committees shall be consulted for guidance.


Sector policy

When an ISO or IEC committee wishes to develop quality management system requirements or guidance for a particular product or industry/economic sector it shall respect the following rules.


a) Normative reference shall be made to ISO 9001 in its entirety or, subject to the “applicability” provisions detailed in the scope of ISO 9001, to its clauses or subclauses. Alternatively, subject to the “applicability” provisions detailed in the scope of ISO 9001, the clauses or subclauses may be reproduced verbatim.


b) If text from ISO 9001 is reproduced in the sector document, it shall be distinguished from the other elements of the sector document [see d)].


c) Terms and definitions specified in ISO 9000 shall be referred to in a normative manner or reproduced verbatim.


d) The guidance and criteria provided in Quality management systems – Guidance and criteria for the development of documents to meet needs of specific product and industry/economic sectors, approved by ISO/TC 176, shall be considered not only when determining the need for a sector-specific requirements or guidance document but also in the document development process.


Any requests for guidance on this sector policy or for interpretation of ISO 9000 terms and definitions, ISO 9001 or ISO 9004 shall be submitted to the secretariat of ISO/TC 176.