What do you need to do?
If you have an existing ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 system you have until September 2018 to convert this system to the relevant 2015 standard and to get your Certification Body to certify you to the 2015 standard.
What happens if the system is not converted?
If you do not change your system to the new standard(s) then you will lose your certification in September 2018?
How difficult is it to convert?
Although the new standards look radically different most of the elements of both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 remain unchanged and therefore the conversion process should not mean a wholesale re-write of your system. Our view as ISO consultants is that the new standards are an improvement on the old and more relevant to business so you should benefit from the change.
When is the best time to convert?
Our advice as specialist ISO consultants is as follows: do not wait until the last minute as there may be some problems of Certification Body availability and convert at your next re-certification or sooner if possible.
What are other people doing?
All of our clients are planning the change, and some have already converted their systems. However we are aware from other ISO consultants that many businesses have not started to address the changes yet as they believe there is still plenty of time.
What will it cost to change?
Obviously all systems and businesses are different, and the new standards do look daunting at first, but generally we do not see conversion as a major disruption or cost. We are happy to look at your system without charge and to give a fixed price cost for conversion.
Do you need a specialist ISO consultant to assist you?
Of course that is entirely up to you. We do have the advantage of working with ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 all the time and we have successfully implemented both new and converted systems to the new standards. We can give you as much or as little assistance as you require. Many organisations find that it is easier and ultimately cheaper to use a specialist.