IAF changes ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 transition timescales

We want to help ensure you are aware of an important change to the timescales for transition to the revised QMS and EMS standards, ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 that have been introduced recently by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the global association of accreditation bodies.

The IAF has announced that from 15 March 2018 all ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 assessments must be performed against the 2015 version of the standard. This is a new milestone for audits to the 2015 versions of the standards.

This change will impact your organization as follows:

Your organization has already successfully transitioned

Transition visit completed but awaiting certification

No action required

Transition visit booked by March 15, 2018

Transition booked after March 15, 2018

Ensure this is to ISO 9001:2015 and/or ISO 14001:2015
Transition visit not yet booked Contact us today to schedule your transition audit to ISO 9001:2015 and/or ISO 14001:2015
Surveillance or Certificate Renewal to ISO 9001:2008 and/or ISO 14001:2004 planned to take place before March 15, 2018 We recommend that we re-plan your visit as a transition audit to ISO 9001:2015 and/or ISO 14001:2015. Contact us today to confirm your visit
Surveillance or Certificate Renewal to ISO 9001:2008 and/or ISO 14001:2004 is not yet scheduled or planned to take place after March 15, 2018 Per the newly issued IAF guideline, these visits must be conducted to ISO 9001:2015 and/or ISO 14001:2015. Contact us today to confirm your visit

If you fall into one of the last three categories, please contact your account manager or local client services team without delay to arrange your audit.

As your certification body, we do not want you to risk losing your certification and we are here to support you through the transition process. We have a wealth of resources available on our website to help you understand the revisions and the transition process, below are two key documents:

From September 15, 2018, ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications will no longer be valid. If your organization has not transitioned by the deadline, you will no longer be able to promote your certification and it could have implications for your ability to do business, where an approval is a contractual requirement.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a Lloyd’s Register assessor or a member of our client services team.