Section 1: Understanding Annex SL and Management System Standards

What is Annex SL?

Annex SL (also known as Annex L in the 2019th edition of the ISO/IEC Directives part 1) provides the high level structure for ISO management systems standards – it replaces the historical ISO Guide 83 and expands on the base structure already implemented.  

It has been created to introduce identical core text and common terms and definitions. This will:

  • streamline standards
  • encourage standardization
  • ease the integration of management systems.

New High Level Structure of Clauses

The numbered list below is the a replica of the numbered sections of the high level structure – the specific requirements of each management standard will be found within these sections.

  1. Scope  
  2. Normative References  
  3. Terms and Definitions  
  4. Context of the Organization  
  5. Leadership  
  6. Planning  
  7. Support  
  8. Operation  
  9. Performance Evaluation  
  10. Improvement  

This format and layout applies to nearly all management system standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001, ISO 45001, etc.

Course Content Navigation

Section 1: Understanding Annex SL and Management System Standards
Section 2: Audit requirements
Section 3: Audit objectives
Section 4: Auditor responsibilities
Section 5: Audit programming
Section 6: Pre-audit activities
Section 7: During the audit
Section 8: Audit reporting
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