ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015 Transition Deadline Approaching

ISO Transition Deadline Aapproaching

As if there have not been enough warnings about the approaching deadline to transition to accredited ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 from National Accreditation Bodies, Certification Bodies & Consultants, the IAF/ILAC Mid-Term Meetings 2018 enabled accreditation bodies and certification bodies to review the transition to the 2015 ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality and environmental management system standards.

They have noted significant progress as the last five months of the transition period approaches, which has been supported by the IAF (International Accreditation Forum) resolution that no certification and auditing activities using the previous versions of the two International Standards was permitted after 15 March 2018.

To further emphasise the transition deadline, the IAF has issued a communiqué to highlight the requirement for any organisation that still needs to transition its management system to make every effort to ensure that the 15 September 2018 deadline is met.

As previously confirmed by the IAF from 15 September 2018, all ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certificates will expire and no longer be valid. This means that each certified organisation must work with their certification body to ensure that all elements of the certification process have been completed, from audits to the technical review and decision by the certification body to the issue of the certificate by the deadline.

A copy of the IAF / ILAC communiqué is available for free download here


  1. If your organisation has accredited certification to ISO 14001:2014 or ISO 9001:2008 then you should review the IAF / ILAC communiqué document.
  2. Consider the opportunities for transition to ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 before the transition deadline of 15 September 2018.
  3. Work towards your transitional requirements with your internal Quality or Environmental management, external consultant (if appropriate) and Certification Body.
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