UKAS have specified a 3-year Transition period to 14th Sept 2018. On this date, all existing ISO 9001: 2008 & ISO 14001: 2004 certificates will expire.
Depending on when they receive accreditation approval from UKAS, different Certification Bodies have different dates as to when they can first issue 2015 Certificates. Some have already received UKAS approval. However, the latest date that we have heard from one Certification Body is May 2016. It is therefore important to check with your Certification Body both, when they are able to issue 2015 certificates, but also their approach to certification.
Some Certification Bodies have specified that their standard approach is an extra chargeable half-day as a 2015 Gap Analysis, which will be added to the next Surveillance visit. Certificates to 2015 standards will therefore only be issued after a 2nd Surveillance visit, which would be in 2017. Depending on the month of the Surveillance visit, this may the last Surveillance visit, before Certificate expiry. The result of these timescales, is a requirement to be operating to 2015 upgrade, ready for 2016 Surveillance visit but new 2015 certificates would not be issued till after the 2017 Surveillance visit.
Other Certification Bodies are planning to do the 2015 Transition Audits as part of the 3 yearly Re-certification Audit. The question is when the next Re-certification is scheduled as to whether this fits with the UKAS timetable as well as the Company and the Assessors plan and availability.
This blog has considered the UKAS and Assessors timescales but it is also important to consider the Organisation’s timescale, resources and any deadlines. The required steps to transition are:
Review the required changes. Additionally, this is a good time to consider other Improvements.
Agree & implement changes
Training & awareness
Check – full set of Internal Audits
Review at Management Review meeting
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