ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems, the international leading quality management standard, has been revised. Every five years all ISO standards are reviewed to verify if a revision is required to keep them current and relevant for the marketplace.
ISO 9001:2015 is written in view of responding better to the latest trends and of being compatible with other management systems like ISO 14001. The new version follows a new, higher level structure to make it easier to use together with other management system standards, with increased importance given to risk.
After the revision organisations are granted a three-year transition period to switch to the new edition of the standard. The current standards will remain valid until July 2018.
E.g., a company that is certified against ISO 9001:2008 and whose certificate is valid until June 2016 can start a recertification cycle under the current ISO 9001:2008 standard. The certificate will be issued with a valid date September 2018. Before this deadline, the company has to switch to ISO 9001:2015 in order to remain certified.
Do not risk your certification or put your business at risk. Don’t wait until the last minute!
The certification bodies won’t be able to perform any certification audits before the auditors are fully qualified to the new standards. The certification bodies will not be able to grant certification before they are accredited to do so.
Three years may sound like a lot but it causes unnecessary costs to organizations. If an organization recertification occurs during the transition period and they recertify to the older version of the standard, it will expire 3 years from the publication of the standard; not from the date of the recertification. For example, if the recertification occurs 6 months after the publication of the standard then another recertification must take place before 2,5 years, effectively losing 6 months of a normal 3 year certification.
The worst situation will occur for those organizations whose recertification occurs within the first few weeks or months after publication. The expiration clock will start ticking but if the certification body has not completed their own transition arrangements, reorganized their administration, re-trained their auditors, provided appropriate expertise…..they will not be able to conduct audits to the new standard.
If your recertification occurs in late 2015 here are two key activities:
Start preparing your management system for the change as soon as possible.
Discuss with your certification body how they will guarantee your recertification audit to the new standard.
The introduction of Annex SL will aid the integration process for ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001. You will need to think about transition dates and transition plans carefully due to the different publication dates.