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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

September 14 2018

This date is important for all holders of ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2007, AS9100,
AS9110 or AS9120 that have not transitioned to the latest standards will find themselves automatically without certification. 

There will be no excuses and no extensions.  Recently I heard that some 40-50% of holders of these standards have not yet transitioned; one Certification Body (who shall remain anonymous) told a client that UKAS would not impose the deadline………….wrong.  A head in the sand approach could be costly.

Loss of certification may mean that tenders are ignored, positions on Approved Supplier lists may be lost and existing contracts may be lost.

We have been taking calls from ma number of organisations asking for help in the transition and unless the system is relatively simple then the timescales are very tight; in addition, the availability of Certification Body auditors is causing some concern. It could be that an organisation has done the necessary changes but the non-availability of an auditor could mean that they miss the deadline.

Realistically, if all the preparatory work has not been completed by July then transition is a non-starter.  Remember an auditor can only audit what you have done and not what you plan to do.

What can organisations do if they miss the deadline?   They are treated as though they never had a certificate and must start from scratch; application, Stage one and then Stage two Assessment.  In addition to these cost implications there is the loss of status and reputation which would accompany the loss of certification.  Competitors would not be kind enough to keep this news to themselves, would they?

Don’t leave it to the last minute or you could regret it.

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