Organisations which are already certified to ISO 9001:2008 have three years from formal publication of ISO 9001:2015 in which to transfer to the new version of this standard. Based on the current publication schedule, this transition period will end on 15th September 2018.
Organisations have had since the standard was issued in September 2015 to evaluate and implement the requirements of the latest edition which is an integral part of an organisation’s efforts towards the broader aim of sustainable development, and promotes it as a tool for improving overall performance. It encourages more internal and external stakeholder focus as part of the adoption of a risk-based approach to managing a business and emphasises the importance of implementing a strategic decision for an organisation.
The lifecycle of an ISO certificate is three years. Prior to its expiry, a quality management system shall be subject to a certification renewal visit by an assessment body, who shall address all processes within the scope of certification to ensure continuing compliance for the forthcoming three years.
During this current transition period, the organisation shall be audited against the requirements of the new standard, with the intention that they be recommended for approval to ISO 9001-2015, prior to the 2008 version becoming obsolete.
Shaw Lifting Company Limited became certified against the requirements of ISO 9001-2015, in March 2016.
Those organisations, including our competitors who have not been assessed to the new standard prior to September 2018 by a UKAS accredited assessment body, are at risk of their ISO 9001 certification being lost.
If ISO 9001 is a critical part of your supplier approval process, can you be confident that your “approved suppliers” are currently meeting - or have plans to meet - certification requirements of 9001-2015 in the next twelve months?
Can you differentiate those suppliers who aren’t meeting the requirements of the new standard to those who are?
Source: Paula Willoughby NVQA Limited