All Surveillance visits conducted after 14th March 2017 must now be audited to the relevant 2015 standard. Therefore, a Company that who have not yet transitioned to ISO 9001: 2015 or ISO 14001: 2015, will be audited against the new requirements, not to their existing Standard.
The reason for the change is that the IAF (International Accreditation Forum), who are the world association of Conformity Assessment Accreditation bodies, issued this statement:
‘As the three-year transition for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 moves into its final year, IAF (the global association for developing the principles and practices for the conduct of conformity assessment) has passed a resolution that as of 15 March 2018, conformity assessment 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.’
Therefore, any Surveillance audits conducted after 14th March will be conducted to ISO 9001:2015 or ISO 14001: 2015. For any organisation who have not yet Transitioned, do not delay. For assitance, call 01635 595123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org