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One year to move to the new ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards

15 September 2017 provides a great focus for organisations who need to certify to the 2015 versions of the leading ISO quality and environmental management system standards, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. This marks exactly one year to go to move to the new standards for those who are certified to the previous versions.

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.

The new ISO 9001 promotes enhanced leadership involvement in the management system, introduces risk-based thinking and aligns the quality management system policy and objectives with the strategy of the organisation.

The changes in ISO 14001 focus on key issues such as protecting the environment, improving environmental performance, lifecycle thinking and organisations’ environmental leadership.

ISO, who developed the new standards and IAF, whose members accredit certification bodies to provide the accredited certification, have published a joint communique on the transition, detailing its importance.

Further information on transition has been provided by the ISO Technical Committees, ISO 9001 here and ISO 14001 here.


The first port of call for anyone who needs to certify to the new standards is their certification body. IIOC members have a range of information and tools to assist and can be found using the following links:

 Learn about ABS QE’s approach to transition and the toolkits they have available for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

BSI provide the experiences of some of their clients who have already transitioned on their website to assist those approaching the change.

 Bureau Veritas provide information on the transitions, including the packs they offer to assist customers with the change on their dedicated transitions page.

 See DEKRA’s Guide to ISO 9001:2015.

  DNV GL guidance and videos, amongst a range of information on the DNV GL web page devoted to the new ISO standards.

  Intertek have a range of information about the management system standards including the revisions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 on their Business Assurance website.

LRQA provide information on the transition and the services they offer to take customers through it on their dedicated transitions web pages.

  SAI Global take their customers through details of the transition to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

SGS explain how to understand the new standards and implement a smooth transition on their dedicated transition webpage.

 TÜV SÜD have a range of information on the transition to the new ISO 9001 on their website.

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