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New versions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards were published in the autumn of 2015. In connection with the publications, a three-year transition period was defined for updating the certifications. Existing certifications must be updated to conform to the 2015 versions no later than 15 September 2018.

New versions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards were published in the autumn of 2015. In connection with the publications, a three-year transition period was defined for updating the certifications. This means that certifications granted in accordance with ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 standards must be updated to conform to the 2015 versions no later than 15 September 2018. Now is the time to make sure that the certified system fulfils the new requirements as well.

 

Updating certifications granted by SGS is carried out by observing SGS’s international procedures. Updates can be carried out as separate audits, but it is recommended that the updates are handled in connection with regular audits. If the update is carried out in connection with a surveillance audit or re-certification audit, additional time must be reserved for the audit of the new requirements. The length of the required time is case-specific and determined according to total days needed for the audit. In most cases, an increase of half a day is sufficient, but large or complex organisations require more time. The duration of a separate audit is always calculated case-specifically.

 

If you need an independent view on the status of your system before the actual update audit, we can offer as a separate service an analysis for identifying any deficiencies in your system in comparison to the requirements of the new standards (a so-called gap analysis).

 

Information on the changes in the standards can be obtained from SGS’s website (sgs.com). In addition, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has compiled information to its own website (iso.org).

Additional information is provided by:

 

Harri Kaartinen

Business Manager

Tel. +358 400 885 933