Over the years ISO has published many management system standards for topics ranging from quality and environment to information security and business continuity management. Despite sharing common elements, ISO management system standards all have different structures. This, in turn, results in some confusion and difficulties at the implementation stage.


Introducing Annex SL
The high-level structure for all management system standards of the future.

All management system standards of the future will have the same high-level structure, identical core text, as well as common terms and definitions. Whilst the high-level structure cannot be changed, sub-clauses and discipline-specific text can be added.

1 Scope.

2 Normative references.

3 Terms and definitions.

4 Context.

5 Leadership.

6 Planning.

7 Support.

8 Operation.

9 Performance.

10 Improvement.