Contracts in ISO

Procedures considered to be best practices for the review of con­tracts are set forth in ISO 9001 (ISO 9001 Section 4.3). The require­ments for preparing and reviewing contracts in ISO cover the following aspects:

• Contracts document

• Review contracts

• Procedures

• Requirements

• Capability of contractors or service provider

The contract documents themselves may contain parts of the ISO standard, or refer to it. The contract document must contain a quality plan from the supplier or contractor as well as plans to review the quality of the deliverables. Before signing, it is strongly recommended that the parties review closely and verify that all requirements are presented in the contract clearly. The supplier or contractor must be able to demonstrate ability to perform the contract in the case of any further requirements in excess of the primary scope. This additional scope must be negotiated and incorporated into the final contract.