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Monday, 19 March 2018

Time is short, Transition deadline looms

According to a survey carried out with certification bodies in the UK, some 60% of organisations holding ISO 9001 and/or ISO 14001 have not transitioned to the 2015 standards.

The deadline for transition is 14 September 2018 ad it is essential that the transition assessment and any findings from that assessment are cleared.

I heard from one certification body that they expect UKAS to extend the deadline; we cannot stress enough that the deadline will NOT be extended under any circumstance and any organisation failing to transition will automatically be withdrawn from the register of certificated companies.

Any organisation that becomes de-certified will have to undergo a fresh application as though they never had a certificate, i.e. a new application then stage one followed by a stage two before the issue of a certificate can take place. Tenders and orders which mandate certification to 9001 and/or 14001 will be at risk.

The aircraft, defence and space standards AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120 also have a deadline date of 14 September 2018 even though the standard was published a year later than the 9001/14001 standards. Again, automatic de-certification will take place unless transition to the new standards is made.

If you have not transitioned yet, we recommend urgent action should be taken to be ready for the deadline. Time is short and of course you may be ready but cannot get an assessor in to do the two stages necessary for compliance. (assessors are incredibly busy and make bookings many months ahead).

Time is short for transition

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