Tag: document control
In a previous blog, I discussed the new High Level Structure and identical text requirements that has been proposed for all ISO management system standards. One of the proposed changes is to eliminate the document control and record control elements and replace them with a new provision requiring control of “documented information”. Documented information is somewhat vaguely defined in this new scheme as “the information required to be controlled and maintained by an organization”.
Although this may be seen as progressive by those who developed this new management system structure, it is likely to create confusion on the part of users of the standards who are not information management experts.
There are important reasons for distinguishing between the documents that need to be controlled in a management system and record retention requirements. Even though both document control and record control are control of documented information, their purpose and use is very different.