Ocean clients currently registered to ISO 9001: 2008 have a 3-year period to make the transition from the date of issue in September 2015 of the new standard. David Robinson answers your questions to assist you in the process of transition.
What has changed in the new standard?
The main changes relate to
- A high level structure aligning your system to business strategies
- Emphasis on leadership, awareness and communication
- Having a system which is appropriate to internal and external issues which impact on the an organization’s ability to meet requirements
- Maintain and enhance strong focus on processes and process management
- Focus on consideration of the risks to the business
- Less prescriptive in its requirements
When should we start making the transition?
You can start now but remember that your system must still comply with ISO 9001:2008 until the new standard is published.
How long will ISO 9001:2008 continue to be recognised?
It is anticipated that the current standard will be recognised and can be audited until the end of the 3-year transition period in September 2018.
We are implementing ISO 9001:2008 now, how will we be affected?
Carry on with your implementation since you will have three years from the publication of the new standard to make the transition. However, Ocean recommends that you consider the requirements of the new standard to make the transition easier.
Will the changeover cost us money?
No. Ocean Certification is managing transition through your normal surveillance or re-assessment visits and as such there will be no extra cost.
We have an integrated management system including standards such as ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001. How will that affect the transition?
ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 will be fully aligned with common numbering being applied across the clauses (for example the clause relating to policies will be the same in both standards). BS OHSAS 18001 is also due to be replaced by a new international standard ISO 45001 and will also be fully aligned. This should make it easier to develop and maintain fully integrated management systems.
If we have any questions, who should we ask?
Contact the Ocean Head Office on 0191 222 0306 and speak David or Betty or discuss the transition with your auditor when they visit next.