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Accreditation

T R A N S I T I O N I N G T O ISO 9001:2015
In the fourth part of our series focusing on accreditation, UKAS Divisional Director
(Technical) Rob Bettinson explains v\/hat ISO 9001 will mean for certification

W
ith more than one miUion
certificates issued globally,
ISO 9001 is considered the
world's most widely recognised
quality standard. The current
2008 version o f the standard is under revision by
ISO Technical Committee 176 and is nearing final
draft stage - Final Draft International Standard
(FDIS). It's expected that the new version o f the
standard will be published later this year. From this
point, certification bodies (CBs) will have three years
to migrate all o f their clients from the 2008 version
to the 2015 version, before I S O 9001:2008 ceases
to be valid. What will this new standard look like,
and how will it affect both CBs and approaches to to highlighting the need for early action, l A F I D
quahty management? 9:2015 outhnes that the focus o f N A B assessments
should be on the changes CBs need to make,
A n e w a p p r o a c h to quality a s s e s s m e n t with primary consideration given to consistent
As the UK's National Accreditation Body (NAB), interpretation o f competence, reporting and any
U K A S has been closely following the development associated change in audit methodology.
of the standard over the past couple of years. I t is D u r i n g the past six months, U K A S has been
apparent that I S O / T C 176 is looking for a change planning the most effective way to manage the
in the approach to quality management systems. transition. The main aim is to ensure that accredited
There is a greater emphasis on both organisational CBs are given a fair and equitable chance to
context and risk management, and a lesser reliance obtain accreditation in a timeframe that suits their
on documentation. It's vital that certification body business, recognising the l A F encouragement for
auditors understand the nature and extent o f these early adoption. As encouraged by l A F I D 9:2015,
changes, so they can be incorporated into the audit U K A S ' planned transition process does include the
process. I f not, then the re\'ision o f the standard will possibihty o f early adoption. U K A S is currently
not lead to the improvements the stakeholders have surveying its accredited CBs to determine both their
been calling for expectations and state of readiness for what is likely
From U K A S ' perspective, CBs must be able to to be a significant transition process.
demonstrate their competence in auditing against "It's vital that
the 2015 version o f the standard, before this can certification Global consistency
be included in their scope of accreditation. I n other By following the new ISO H i g h Level Structure
words, there can be no 'automatic upgrading' without
body auditors (HLS) and increasing the importance of risk,
CBs being able to prove to U K A S that they both understand I S O 9001:2015 will be easier to use in conjunction
understand and can audit, taking into account the the nature with other management system standards, such as
new or strengthened requirements. I S O 14001, a new version o f which is also due to
and extent of
be published this year.
A smooth transition these changes, Whatever the final versions look like, U K A S
To help guide NABs, certified organisations and so they can be recognises the impact they will have in the U K and
accredited CBs through the transition process, across the globe. It has been in discussion with other
incorporated
the International Accreditation Forum (lAF) has l A F and European co-operation for Accreditation
published guidance in l A F I D 9: 2015 - Transition into the audit member NABs to aim for a level o f global
Planning Guidance for ISO 9001:2015. I n addition process" consistency in achieving an effective transition.

34 I Quality World I May 2015