Organisations are running out of time to transition to ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015

Organisations are running out of time to transition to ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015

By Bethany Gordon

Is your organisation certified against ISO 9001:2008 or ISO 14001:2004?

If so, you need to put in place arrangements to upgrade to the latest versions.

Come September 2018, the older versions of these standards (the quality management standard ISO 9001:2008 and the environmental management standard ISO 14001:2004) will no longer be valid. Organisations who have not updated to the 2015 versions will be forced to seek certification from scratch, a process which takes considerably more time and money than a transition.

Can I not wait until nearer the time to start worrying about recertification?

The question we would encourage you to ask yourself is – why would you want to wait?

Back in 2015 when the new standards were released, The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) recommended that organisations upgraded their management systems to fit the new standards as soon as possible, thinking many companies would delay, as 3 years was such a long time away.

Well, the time is now upon us and there are now only months left until the deadline for ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.

Furthermore, the process of transition itself – including identifying and implementing the necessary changes – will require time and effort. We recommend 3 to 6 months to have your changes fully developed and implemented, so start making arrangements today.

Is this not just about getting a new certificate?

It’s not all about having the certificate.

The process of achieving certification to updated standards will bring about improvements across your organisation. Done well, ISO 9001:2015 can and will help businesses be more efficient, save money and improve customer satisfaction. ISO 14001:2015 improves environmental performance, helping create competitive advantage through more efficient use of resources.

In addition, the new versions of the standards are aligned through a new high level structure called Annex SL, which makes running your system against the new standard much easier.

The certificates are really just proof to clients and potential clients that you have gone through the rigours of the process!

Can I just get one of my people to do this for me?

It is important to demonstrate leadership commitment, as it sets the standard for the rest of the organisation to follow. There may well be people in the organisation who are best placed to put the arrangements in place but this must be done with your active involvement.

Experience tells us nothing ever goes exactly to plan. Start now and in the event that your 2015 transition meets an obstacle – by perhaps clashing with another priority – you will thank yourself for not leaving it until the last minute.

What next?

At FQM we provide services which are making this process more simple for businesses.

  • Transition Gap Analysis: it can be done in a day and involves a member of our team coming to your office or facility to identify the areas that need attention before seeking recertification, allowing you to allocate time and resources effectively.
  • Transition Training Course: this will provide people with the knowledge and understanding of the differences between the 2008 and 2015 standards and provide practical examples of how to meet those changes.
  • ISO Consultancy Support: Fully or Part supported system development, modifying an existing or building a fit-for-purpose system through our dedicated team of ISO Management Systems Consultants
  • QHSE Compliance Software: host your system, or multiple integrated systems in one simple to use Cloud based software solution, allowing easy access from multiple platforms and controlled user access. Request a free, no obligation demo.

With 20 years experience in all types of Management Systems, we can provide a simple effective solution to meet your exact needs, including monthly payment terms available to ease the financial burden also. We can address any uncertainty or concerns you may have and set your business well on the path to success.

Case Study: How Amos Beech achieved full UKAS Accredited Certification to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 with support from FQM.

Call our Aberdeen or Glasgow office today, or enquire online to know more about the simple, affordable route to ISO transition.

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