A couple of timely prompts for customers to move to the new versions of the ISO quality standard ISO 9001 and the ISO environmental standard ISO 14001 in a timely basis before the 15 September 2018 deadline.
At the 30 October 2017 IAF General Assembly passed a resolution requiring, ‘that as of 15 March 2018, conformity assessment bodies must conduct all ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 initial, surveillance and recertification audits to the new versions – ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.’
The IAF communique explaining this resolution notes that, ‘This resolution continues the efforts of IAF, its accreditation body members, stakeholder members of IAF and accredited conformity assessment bodies, to encourage those who need to upgrade to the new versions of the world’s leading management system standards.’
Secondly, November 2017’s Quality World has an article from IIOC Chief Executive Marcus Long suggesting that by referring to these changes as upgrades rather than transitions might help better illuminate the benefits they deliver. The article is available here Quality World November 2017 with permission of Quality World.