The Independent Association of Accredited Registrars (IAAR) and the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) are writing those customers certified to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 to explain the benefits of transitioning to the 2015 versions of these standards well before the deadline of September 15, 2018.
We realize by now your organization is well underway internally with changes necessary to conform to the revised standard. However, it is now time to work with your certification body to complete the process before the deadline.
It all comes down to planning efficiency and cost minimization, with the key advantages of having the new certificate in hand prior to the deadline as follows:
Starting earlier may allow your certification body sufficient lead-time to schedule an audit in conjunction with other clients and auditors in your geographical area which may reduce travel expenses.
Starting earlier will reduce risk and anxiety in the event there are non-conformities. It is not just required that your audit is conducted by the deadline. If nonconformities are identified during the audit, they must be addressed with corrective action and approved by the certification body then a decision must be made by the certification body.
Starting earlier will make it easier to conduct integrated audits.
Starting earlier will improve your management processes and will drive a risk-based approach to the management of your business. This will ensure that your organization will be able to identify risks and opportunities more effectively therefore improving operational efficiency, reducing duplication, saving both time and money.
Starting earlier will reduce costs and investment to maintain a management system conforming to both the old and new versions throughout the time of transition.
Starting earlier may give you a marketing advantage over your competitors that have not transitioned yet and will minimize questions from your customer base about your certification status as the deadline draws near.
Based on informal feedback of the IAAR accredited member certification bodies, more than 80% of certified organizations have not completed the transition process. With less than 15 months to the final deadline, organizations wishing to transition into 2018 are highly likely to experience difficulty in arranging desired audit dates and audit teams.
As with previous transitions; the transition period will not be extended by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). Unfortunately, organizations that do not complete the transition process with their certification body by the deadline will no longer be certified.
We hope you take advantage of these earlier start benefits and avoid any potential for a certificate lapse by contacting your certification body soon to start the transition process.