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Monday, 9 February 2015

ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 Latest information

A while ago we advised you that the two updated Standards that were due to be published this year had some problems.

It is normal practice for draft standards to go through a number of stages before final publication.
The Quality Management Standard ISO 9001 was put before the ISO Member countries for approval, unfortunately the USA and one other country did not approve the draft.

The Environmental Standard ISO 14001 was also put before the ISO Member countries for approval and again the USA and one other country failed to approve the draft.

This has caused a certain amount of consternation as both were due to be published as 2015 Standards; 14001 was due to be published in June 2015 and 9001 was due to be published in September 2015. 

The latest information we have (from URS, one of the Accredited Certification Bodies) is that UKAS (the United Kingdom Accreditation Service) will look at the proposed changes and issue guidance on the revised Standard which is now due for publication in December 2015.

The ISO 14001 Standard  is even more contentious and there is no proposed publication date.

The good news is that once published each of these Standards will have a three year transition period before certificate holders must move to the new versions.

Clearly organisations offering training courses in the new Standards will be guessing what they will contain.  It may be better to hold fire until the Standards have been ratified before expending time and money on these courses.

We will let you know if there are further updates

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