ISO 9001:2015 was issued back in September 2015 and a 3 years has been allowed to transition to this new standard from the date of publication. Just because the new standard has been issued does not mean that all new applications and systems have to be audited against ISO 9001:2015, at globalgroup we are allowing applications and audits to be processed and undertaken against ISO 9001:2008 up until the 14 September 2016. This is because some organisations have been working on the 2008 version for some time and would like to use the transition period to upgrade. The only point to note is that any certificates issued now for ISO 9001:2008 will have an expiry date of 14 September 2018.
Under UKAS accreditation globalgroup are required to communicate with current clients and interested parties information about the official transition policy and procedures. This has been achieved by direct broadcast emails to clients, updates at routine visits and re-assessments and through social media channels such as this Blog, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
In terms of costs, should any client transition to ISO 9001:2015 through their normal surveillance cycle then there will be no additional costs, other than for a minimal cost for a new certificate.
As an Accredited Certification Body globalgroup are not permitted to offer consultancy services where we have accreditation for a management system standard. However, we are permitted to run public training courses and as such a new e-learning platform has been launched which currently has courses for Risk Management and ISO 9001:2015. Currently, these courses have been designed at an Advanced Level, other courses shall follow shortly for intermediate and foundation level. By the end of the second quarter of 2016 there will be other courses such as GMP and HACCP available within the platform as well. GCL INTL shall also be offering public training courses which are classroom based for ISO 9001:2015.
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