ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 were released 15 September 2015. Both JAS-ANZ and the IAF have agreed to a transition from ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004. This transition is allowed for three years meaning that if you have an integrated certificate covering the current 9001 and 14001 standards they will all expire no later than 15 September 2018.
The IAF and JAS-ANZ have made a requirement that all Certification Bodies must have finalised the transition at least six months prior to end of the transition period (15 March 2018). This means that all Organisations must have been successful in meeting the 2015 versions of the standards by March 2018.
A time frame has been set for the issue of new certificates for clients using the ISO9001:2008 and ISO14001:2004. This cut off point is 15 September 2017 i.e. One year prior to the expiry date. Only in special circumstances requiring JAS-ANZ approval would this requirement be relaxed.
So there is no need to panic, we can still provide certification and recertification with an expiry date no later than 15 September 2018 and work with you to make the transition as easy as possible.
So what should you do now?
Organizations currently certified to ISO 9001:2008 or ISO14001:2004 are recommended to take the following actions:
- Identify organizational gaps which need to be addressed to meet new requirements.
- Develop an implementation plan.
- Provide appropriate training and awareness for all parties that have an impact on the effectiveness of the organisation.
- Update the existing quality management system (QMS) to meet the revised requirements and provide verification of effectiveness.
- At each surveillance or recertification audit from January 2016 we will complete a gap analysis against the 2015 versions of the new standard to assist this process
- Additional information can be found in the Transition Plan
Transition Plan to 2015 version of 9001 and 14001
As stated in the previously, we will commence auditing with the outcome recorded on a stage 1 report based on the 2015 versions of either or both standards in January 2016 to assist our clients meet the new requirements ASAP so that you will be able to meet the new requirements.
Our auditors have already been trained internally in the requirements of the new standard and we are currently modifying our documentation to assist the audit process and are completing training in the transition process and time frames for all our auditors.
We have also made a transition to the European coding system called NACE codes and provided training on specific environmental competencies and testing methods to ensure that our auditors are competent in the industries and environmental aspects being assessed.
As Companies go through their surveillance program, you may update the program at any time and your certificate will be updated to the new standard if the auditor and certification panel member agree that the 2015 version requirements have been met.
Generally, there will be little if any additional cost from our perspective, depending on the extent of the documented changes that you have made as our audit process always looks at what document changes you have made since the last audit.
Scope reductions such as 7.3 (Design and Development) in the ISO 9001:2008 standard will also occur in the 2015 version of 9001 except they will be under section 8 of the standard. i.e. 8.3 (Design and Development of Product and Services)
We have developed a number of reports based on the new standards. These are available on request from our Head office.
Phone: 61 754283090
The transition plan presentation slides have also been made available:Transition Plan