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BAFE warns of ISO 9001:2015 deadline

09 July 2018

FROM THE 15 September 2018, ISO 9001:2008 will be obsolete, and all BAFE registered companies that operate ISO 9001 with a BAFE Scheme as part of their scope will need to show they have a current ISO 9001:2015 certificate or, they have at least started the audit process with their Certification Body.

ISO 9001 Certified means an organisation has met the Quality Management System requirements in ISO 9001. ISO 9001:2008 is focused on meeting customer expectations and delivering customer satisfaction, where as SO 9001:2015

There are several different documents in the ISO 9000 family of standards, but ISO 9001 is the only ISO standard that requires certification.

ISO standards are reviewed every five years and revised if needed, and the most noticeable change to the standard is its new structure. ISO 9001:2015 now follows the same overall structure as other ISO management system standards (known as the High-Level Structure), making it easier for anyone using multiple management systems. The new version gives it increased prominence.

In a statement, schemes manager Chris Auger of BAFE said, “The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) – the association for world accreditation bodies – has stated that it is not sufficient for organisations to have merely carried out their gap analysis or to say they have booked their assessment, the assessment of your organisation must have started. If your assessment process has commenced then you will be given until March next year to close out any non-conformances. Their position is that if any organisation has yet to start the assessment process for transition to ISO 9001:2015 then organisations will lose their certification. This will of course effect your BAFE registration status. Your Certification Body will be aware of the statement issued through UKAS and will be able to provide further details.

“Although the Standard has been implemented for more than three years, we are aware a number of companies have not yet transitioned to ISO 9001:2015 and I would urge all those companies to speak to their respective Certification Bodies for clarity on their certification status.”