When ISO 9001:2015 was introduced in September 2015, organisations were given 3 years to update to the new version.
As the three-year transition for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 moves into its final year, IAF (the International Accreditation Forum) has passed a resolution that as of 15th March 2018, Certification Bodies must conduct all ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 initial surveillance and recertification audits to the new versions - ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.
What does this mean?
Any audits you have booked between March and September 2018 will need to be to the revised standards, as failure to achieve certification to the 2015 standards by the expiry deadline in September 2018 will result in your certification no longer being valid. This may affect your ability to supply to all your markets.
Time is running out, if you rely on ISO 9001 certification to maintain your supplier status with your key customers and you have not yet made the transition to the 2015 standard.
If you leave it too late you run the risk that your auditors will not be able to fit you into their increased workload.
UKAS accredited ISO 9001 certification
Not all Certification Bodies (CBs) are UKAS accredited. This means that the CB issuing your certificate has not been audited and accredited by UKAS.
This could have implications for future contracts and orders with your customers. For example, one of your customers may have won a new contract to supply a major project that requires them and their suppliers to hold UKAS approved ISO certificates. Not having a UKAS certificate could mean losing the contract or having to modify your existing procedures to comply with an audit to UKAS standards.
Many multi-national organisations and central and local government departments will require their suppliers throughout the supply chain to gain UKAS certification.
If you are thinking about the transition to ISO 9001:2015 and your current CB is not UKAS accredited, now may be a good time to move to one that is.
To find out if your certificate has been issued by a UKAS accredited CB, look for the crown and the tick.
UKAS is the sole UK national accreditation body recognised by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) to assess against internationally agreed standards.
For more information or to get your transition started, please talk to one of our team on 0121 241 2299.