On 14 September 2018, your enterprise’s ISO 9001 and/or ISO 14001 certification will lapse if it has not adopted the 2015 version of the standards. There’s less than a year left to switch over!
In less than one year, all 2004 and 2008 versions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 will become obsolete. For the over 30,000 enterprises and public organizations concerned, this could lead to a greater risk of losing their certifications. Losing any type of certification raises the risk that the enterprise will have to restart from the initial audit stage. “Indeed, this is longer and more drawn-out than if the enterprise makes the transition during a follow-up audit”, explained Philippe Bourdalé, product manager for AFNOR Certification.
The biggest thing is the loss of market share. Required by many contractors during calls for bids, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications are highly valued credentials for B2B relations. They build trust in the certified enterprise’s ability to manage the environmental issues of its activities (ISO 14001) or to meet customers’ requirements (ISO 9001). Should certification be lost, the enterprise is then obliged to inform customers, which can then draw their own conclusions.
Smooth support toward ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015
AFNOR Certification offers a complete plan to help enterprises make the transition smoothly: downloadable guides to gauge the actions to take, online tests, assessment visits to take stock of the situation, etc. The “Focus” option is also popular as it involves reviewing the situation during an audit for a different standard.
“We’ll mobilize all our resources up until the final stretch in summer 2018”, said Philippe Bourdalé. “But since the two standards now require implementing actions to prevent or resolve risks as they arise, you may as well start to roll out this practice pragmatically with the transition plan toward the 2015 version.”