Main article: Risk One of the key paradigm shifts proposed in ISO is a controversial change in how risk is conceptualised and defined. Under both ISO and ISO Guide 73, the definition of "risk" is no longer "chance or probability of loss", but "effect of uncertainty on objectives" A similar definition was adopted in ISO Quality Management System Standard [9] , in which risk is defined as, "effect of uncertainty. Likewise, a broad new definition for stakeholder was established in ISO , "Person or persons that can affect, be affected by, or perceive themselves to be affected by a decision or activity.

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In this first article comparing the ISO standard with the draft ISO version, I will comment on the changes in the introduction part of this standard. The old picture Figure 1 — ISO I have always regarded the picture above of the ISO principles, framework and process on one page a highlight and strength of the ISO standard.

Judge for yourself and tell me what you see in the figure below compared to the figure above. Figure 1 — ISO draft Furthermore, when reading the introduction, it is immediately clear that a lot of text has disappeared. Now, in the draft version, the introduction only covers half a page of short statements, instead of two pages of more elaborated sentences in the current standard. As such, the direction of the change is immediately noticeable in these opening sentences, giving some remarkable differences for the respective introductions.

Although, it indicates the direction the new version of the standard takes, trying to be more with less. Less is more for ISO Indeed, critics can say that risk e. So leaving this inadequate sentence out is certainly an option to overcome this flaw.

But I would have liked a more encompassing, and maybe more powerful, sentence. The effect this uncertainty has on individual, organisational and societal objectives is what we call risk. Some matters still need to remain clear, but this is just my take on this. So, how would you have liked the opening sentence to be?



Meztizilkree Hosting services provided by: Ultimately the decision was made to simplify the text and use other documents, such as ISO Guide 73 to provide additional information to those that need it. The next steps will be a review of the comments submitted that will modify the text further and then a ballot by ISO members to move to the final publication. The vision was to phrase a framework clause that provides guidance that is relevant for every possible user of the standard. The result was that it was agreed that there was a need to reduce the text quite a lot but that an appropriate balance between giving guidance with enough details and not turning the guidance offered into a school text book. The strengthened generic nature of the standard can hopefully provide for confidence between experts and end users who each have specific problems in risk but need to understand and communicate with others stakeholders. The most recent meeting in Jordan provided the impetus and key changes necessary to move the standard forward and out of its committee stages making it available for wider comment. This DIS is at an extremely important stage and we recommend that you review it very carefully in the context and wider activities of your organisation.


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