Revised editions to ISO 9001:2008 (quality management) and ISO 14001:2004 (environmental management) were released in September 2015.
In line with our accreditation obligations, our transition policy is summarised as follows:
- From 1 September 2015, a three year transition period will apply, following which all certifications will be either to ISO 9001:2015 and/or ISO 14001:2015, or else withdrawn.
- The expiry date for any certifications issued during the transition period to ISO 9001:2008 and/or ISO 14001:2004 shall be no later than 1 September 2018.
- Client Managers and Account Managers will work with clients to document a plan of transition to ISO 9001:2015 and/or ISO 14001:2015.
- From 1 September 2016, all new accounts will be to ISO 9001:2015 and/or ISO 14001:2015.
- From 1 September 2017, all audit plans released from Qdos will be to ISO 9001:2015 and/or ISO 14001:2015.
- From 1 December 2017, all audit reports released from Qdos will be to ISO 9001:2015 and/or ISO 14001:2015.
- From 1 March 2018, all recommendations for certification will be made to ISO 9001:2015 and/or ISO 14001:2015.
This policy comes into effect as from 1 March 2016.
In preparation, please visit our YouTube videos to assist in the transition process. You can access these videos either from the YouTube link or, for clients, from your Qdos portal or our website. Or simply search “Qdos how to” in YouTube for all our instructional videos.
Importantly we are offering all client contacts a free online competency assessment relating to the transition requirements, complete with a Certificate of Achievement which can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Changes to our Integrated Audit Criteria and related Guides have also be made. These changes now make it easier for clients to link certification criteria back to audit requirements. The Integrated Audit Criteria and related Guides available at www.equalassurance.com/publications.
To find out more, talk to your Client Manager, Account Manager or Contact Us.