No sooner than I had penned my post “Make your move to ISO 14001:2015 this Year…” last week (14 September 2017), I received the joint International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Accreditation Forum (IAF) communique on the remaining year for the transition for certified users of ISO 14001:2004 & ISO 9001:2008.
The communique confirms that 15 September 2017 marks one year before all organisations certified to the 2008 version of the quality management system standard ISO 9001 and the 2004 version of the environmental management system standard ISO 14001 need to have been re-certified to the 2015 versions of these two standards.
It recognises that both new versions of ISO 9001 and 14001 make very logical progressions from previous versions, delivering standards which address the key issues for both today and the future & highlights the benefits to be gained by making the transition.
It concludes, by saying, that ISO and IAF:
“Note that failure to achieve certification to the 2015 standard by the deadline means that your certification is no longer valid and this may affect your ability to supply to all markets. If you are still to get your certificate to the new standards, the first step is to contact your certification body to make the appropriate arrangements and start realising the benefits of the world’s two leading management system standards”.