The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has confirmed that accredited ISO 9001:2008 certifications will not be valid after September 2018.
The IAF is encouraging buyers to check the expiration date of their suppliers’ ISO 9001 certificates, saying that “this will become more and more important as accredited ISO 9001:2008 certifications will not be valid after September 2018”.
Why is this happening?
ISO 9001:2015 was published on 30 September 2015 and organisations were given a three-year transition period to adopt the revised standard.
Nigel Croft, chair of the ISO subcommittee that developed and revised the Standard, explained: “We are just bringing ISO 9001 firmly into the 21st century.”
The revisions redesigned ISO 9001 to respond to the latest trends and aligned it with Annex SL’s high-level structure so that it can be integrated with other management system standards such as ISO 14001.
What to do if you are certified to ISO 9001:2008
For your accredited ISO 9001 certification to remain in place, you must ensure that your quality management system (QMS) is in place and is compliant with the latest requirements of the Standard.
You will then need to talk to your certification body about transitioning to the new version of ISO 9001.
Guidance on transitioning to ISO 9001:2015
The ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 Conversion Tool is a free tool that identifies the changes made in ISO 9001:2015 and provides guidance on transitioning your existing ISO 9001:2008-compliant QMS to an ISO 9001:2015-compliant QMS.
The ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 Conversion Tool includes:
- A summary of the key changes;
- Notable retentions;
- The requirements for documented information; and
- Structure mapping.
For a limited time, the ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 Conversion Tool is available to download for free.