The International Organization for Standardization plans to adopt this Annex SL throughout the MSS ISO in the next revision.
Annex SL gets a lot of mention in connection with the in-progress revisions of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and other ISO standards. But what is Annex SL and why is it so important? Annex SL is a high-level structure created by ISO to provide a universal high-level structure, identical core text, and common terms and definitions for all management system standards. It was designed to make it easier for organizations that have to comply with more than one management system standard.
Annex SL grew out of what was previously known as ISO Guide 83. Most organizations have more than one management system, and many expressed frustration at the extra time and resources that it took to implement and certify their various management systems with differing structures, definitions, and requirements. ISO Guide 83, which was adopted in 2011, was the first formal effort to create consistency in structure and terminology across ISO management systems standards.
The core text on Annex SL has ten high-level clauses: