So, finally, the deadline for conversion to the new standards has passed. You now have to be certified to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 or not at all.
For those of us who have been working on these conversions for the past three years this is a huge relief. That is not to say we don’t like the new standards – we do! They are a big improvement on the old ones, and the very fact that both standards are written in a common format means that it is now much easier to run two or even more standards in parallel. In addition to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, the new ISO 45001 clearly lends itself to an integrated approach, as does ISO 27001.
Nevertheless, there are still many organisations who have not converted but still want to. Their certifications will of course be suspended until conversion, but if you are in that position please remember that it really isn’t that hard. Both of the new standards are sensible and, in particular, ISO 9001 is built on common sense and good business practice.
We are, to our surprise, still working on and getting enquiries for conversion, many from organisations who have had reservations about continuing with certification but who have found that life is more difficult without it.
We are still here to help if you want to change to the 2015 standards, and, at the risk of repeating ourselves, it is nowhere near as difficult as you might imagine.