ISO 9001, ISO 14001, AS9100/9120 transition deadline
With only six months to go until the transition deadline, we have completed a refresh of our data to show the status of ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and AS9100/9120 transitions within IMS. The results are positive and where we planned them to be, they are coming in thick and fast now so everyone should be transitioned by the deadline of September 2018.
ISO 9001:2015 transition status as of end March 2018
ISO 14001:2015 transition status as of end March 2018
AS9100D/AS9120B transition status as of end March 2018
For all organisations planning to transition the impending date is 15th September 2018.
It is a strict deadline which specifically outlines that all QMS certifications that have not completed the transition to the new version of the standard by this date, including the transitioned QMS certificate uploaded and published into the OASIS database, will no longer be valid and shall have a certification status of ‘expired’.
The transition process
- Inform the IMS when you would like to transition and on what type of visit; surveillance or reassessment
- Meet all new requirements of the standard
- Additional time will likely be required to any audit in order to allow the auditors to evaluate compliance against the new standard as well as the current
- All new applications will need to be made to ISO 9001:2015 version not 2008.
- Perform a staged assessment over the surveillance visits and auditors can assess parts of the requirements informally during those visits.
- Will maintain 2008 version until successful transition
The requirements of the new standards are not new in terms of running and operating a business and they are not new concepts, however the lack of understanding of what the standards are actually asking organisations and leaders to demonstrate to auditors is preventing successful transitions.
Leaders need to appreciate that they cannot rely on quality managers or representatives to run and manage the system, they are not able to answer a lot of the strategic questions that will be asked during the audits and the system needs to align with those strategic visions and requirements. Failure to align the systems and processes with the strategic direction and overall business can result in organisations failing to transition in time. Leaving it to the last minute to transition increases the risk of missing the deadline and resulting in organisations losing their certification.
We advise that the leaders get more involved in the transition process and offer support to those persons within the organisation who will be preparing their systems in line with the new requirements.