Many of you will have already begun training, reading up on the revised standards, or converting your existing quality management system. Some of you may already have completed the certification process for the revised standard.

Even though many clients will already be certified in accordance with the revised standard(s) we have observed that the new standard(s) are still not receiving attention from some clients.

How do you ensure that everything will be organized in time?

Firstly, it is important that you obtain the correct standard(s). Once you have these you can begin by finding out what the changes are. It is important that you correctly translate these into practice, and a course could help you in this process. QMS International provides monthly courses throughout the country in respect of the update, or we can provide the course in-house. If, in addition to the course, you want to know whether, after the implementation, you are ready for the transition, you can schedule in advance a pre-audit and arrange for the status of your  management system to be assessed.

If you want to find out the latest changes in the revised standard go to and check the changes for each standard.

What does this mean for your current certification?

The transitional period is already underway and ends on 1 September 2018. After this date, certificates issued on the basis of ISO 9001:2008 and/or ISO 14001:2004 are no longer valid! You should therefore ensure in good time that you have converted your current certificates to the new revised standard.

The IAF (International Accreditation Forum) and ISO committee have drawn up the following transitional schedule. From March 2017 only non-accredited certification under ISO 9001:2015 and/or ISO 14001:2015 is possible. Up to March 2017 an organisation may still choose to obtain a new certificate under the old version of the standard. However, such a certificate will cease to be valid as from September 2018.

If you wish to convert as quickly as possible to the 2015 version, there are two ways to do this, either during the annual control audit or during the re-certification process. You should bear in mind the additional time and costs involved in this.

Up to March 2007, clients of QMSI can choose whether they want a new certification or re-certification under the ISO 9001:2008 and/or ISO 14001:2004 or 2015 versions. As from March 2017, it is a mandatory requirement for certification under the 2015 revised version of both standards.


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