Annex SL

What is Annex SL?

Annex SL (Changed to Annex L in 2019) was developed by ISO – the organisation responsible for creating and maintaining international standards with the objective of:

“delivering consistent and compatible management system standards in an attempt to make this process easier”

ISO Annex SL

Annex SL provides a common approach to all management systems standards including:

  1. High level structure,
  2. Identical core text,
  3. Common terms and core definitions.

Many standards have already been revised in line with the Annex SL requirements including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001, ISO 22301, ISO 37001; while most new management system standards will also follow this structure.

This makes integrating standards much easier and more intuitive, cutting down on duplication and over head.

High Level 10 Clause Structure

Annex SL provides a common clause structure:

  1. Scope
  2. Normative references
  3. Terms and definitions
  4. Context of the Organisation
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Operation
  9. Performance evaluation
  10. Improvement.

Risk Based Approach

Perhaps the most significant feature of Annex SL is the move towards risk-based management systems.

Planning for Risks and Opportunities is provided in subclauses of Clause 6, and introduces a new approach to management systems which can be aligned to ISO 31000 – although this is not mandatory.

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