The updates to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 in 2015 has meant that more than 1,500,000 certified companies have had to make a transition to new requirements. Over 2 years on, some still have some work to do. We recap on the latest developments.
The changes to ISO’s most popular management standards have helped businesses create more effective systems, whilst reducing unnecessary duplication. The two standards joined others in using a common structure, making the ongoing management far more straightforward.
Undoubtedly though, the new requirements have created challenges. Now companies must demonstrate true buy-in, leadership involvement and also consider risk in more detail. We have helped 1,000s of our clients make the transition with our Gap Analysis service, so they can see exactly what’s required from them in order to conform to the latest requirements.
There is a transition deadline of 15th September 2018 – all certificates to the old standards will cease to be recognised after this date. However, the pressure has been turned on by the International Accreditation Forum, which has said that all Certification Bodies must be auditing against the new standards from 15th March 2018 to help certified organisations have time to manage non-conformities before the ultimate September deadline.
The IAF is the world association for accreditation bodies, handing down guidance and requirements to the likes of UKAS – our National Accreditation Body. In response, we will ensure all clients are audited against the new standards from 15th March. In addition, we will offer an optional assessment to the outgoing version of the standards. This will allow clients to make that important step towards meeting the new requirements, whilst having the security of retaining certification to the outgoing standard(s).
This service replaces our current Transitional Gap Analysis service, and is priced at £399+VAT in addition to the cost of a regular Surveillance Audit.