More than one million companies are certified in 170 countries
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will publish the new edition of ISO 9001 Quality management systems before year end. No new requirements are introduced in ISO 9001:2008.
?Due to the modest changes the transition process will not require major additional efforts for organisations already certified to ISO 9001:2000? says Tor Gunnar Tollefsen, he is the global product manager for management system certification in DNV.
ISO 9001 is by far the most used and well-known standard for quality management systems in the world. More than one million companies are certified in 170 countries. The last update of the standard came in 2000.
Compared to ISO 9001:2000 the new edition contains:
-No new requirements
-Some useful clarifications to existing requirements
-Mainly editorial changes
-A few examples of increased compatibility with ISO 14001:2004
Validity and transition of certificates
DNV will follow the rules jointly set by ISO and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) for the transition:
-Twenty four months after the publication of ISO 9001:2008 any certificates issued to ISO 9001:2000 are no longer valid.
-One year after publication of the new version all certifications or re-certifications will be to ISO 9001:2008.
-Certification of conformity to ISO 9001:2008 or its national equivalents will only begin after the new standard has been officially published, and after a periodic audit or re-certification audit against ISO 9001:2008.
Practicalities of transition
Transition can be done during any scheduled periodical or re-certification audit in the 24 months period.
?However, DNV recommends the transition to be carried out during a re-certification to avoid extra certificate administration and costs,? says Mr Tollefsen.
?DNV will proactively inform our customers on the key changes and practicalities for transition,? says Mr Tollefsen, ?our auditors and local units are able and willing to assist if there are questions or issues needed to be discussed?.