Organisations are running out of time to transition to ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015

Organisations are running out of time to transition to ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015

By Bethany Gordon

Is your organisation certified against ISO 9001:2008 or ISO 14001:2004?

If so, you need to put in place arrangements to upgrade to the latest versions.


In a few months, we will officially have entered the final year of the three-year period which the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) gave for transition to the 2015 standards. 


At the end of September 2018, the older versions of these standards will no longer be valid. Organisations who have not updated to the 2015 standard will be forced to seek certification from scratch, a process which takes considerably more time and money than a transition.


Can I not wait until nearer the time to start worrying about recertification? 

The question we would encourage you to ask is – why would you want to wait? 


Back in 2015 when the new standards were released, ISO recommended that organisations upgraded their business management systems to fit the new standards as soon as possible. 

Waiting until the last minute  may compromise the arrangements you need to put in place.


Is this not just about getting a new certificate? 

It’s not all about having the certificate. It’s about the improvements the whole process can make to your organisation. Done well, ISO 9001 can and will help businesses be more efficient, save money and improve customer satisfaction. ISO 14001 improves environmental performance, helping create competitive advantage through more efficient use of resources. The certificates are just proof to clients and potential clients that you have gone through the rigours of the process!


Can I just get one of my people to do this for me?

It is important to demonstrate leadership commitment, as it sets the standard for the rest of the organisation to follow. There may well be people in the organisation who are best placed to put the arrangements in place but this must be done with your active involvement. So don’t delay any longer, join the other successful organisations winning contracts because they are set up for success with their 2015 certifications in place.


Experience tells us nothing ever goes exactly to plan. Start now and in the event that your 2015 transition  meets an obstacle like clashing with another priority, you will thank yourself for not leaving it until the last minute. 


At FQM we have QHSE experts who can guide you through the process of transitioning to the new standards. With simple monthly payment terms available and new software tools at our disposal, we can address any uncertainty or concerns you may have and set you well on the path to success.


Give us a call for a no obligation chat. 


You may also be interested in our ISO 9001:2015 Transition Training Course, available for £295 + VAT per delegate or £1,250 for groups of up to 12. 

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