Deadline for completing ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 transition extended

According to a technical bulletin published by UKAS, the deadline for ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 will be extended to 15th March 2019, in certain situations.

When ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 were published a three year transition period, until 15th September 2018, was given. On 15th September 2018 all ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certificates will expire and will no longer be valid. If transition activities are successfully completed prior to that date certificates to the new versions will be issued.

However, if the certification body has not completed the transition audit or the certification body is unable to verify the implementation of corrections and corrective action for any major non-conformity prior to 15th September 2018, then certification to the new versions will not be recommended.

Following 15th September 2018, the certification body can issue certification to the new Standard within 6 months (15th March 2019) provided that the audit process has been initiated by 15th September 2018 and the outstanding transition activities are completed by 15th March 2019. The effective date on the certificate shall be on or after the certification decision and the expiry date shall be based on the prior certification cycle.

For the audit process to be classed as initiated, at least the document review and/or head office audit (depending on their documentation transition plan/process) needs to have been started prior to 15th September 2018 for the 6 month rule to apply.

Link to technical bulletin.

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