First of all, we wish our readers a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

There are a number of milestones that will need to be met during 2018.

  • GDPR (General data Protection Regulation) This important legislation comes into force on 25 May 2018.  It requires companies to follow a number of steps in protecting data held and also requires them to have positive permission to hold and process data.  All employers hold data on their employees so it is vital that permission is sought to continue to hold and /or process this data.  Failure to meet the requirements of the GDPR are very high. Up to 20 million Euros or up to 4% of Global turnover.  We suggest that action is taken now to be ready for the GDPR. 
  • ISO 9001:2015.  Quality Management Standard The transition period for migrating to this Standard is 15 September 2018
  • ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Standard The transition period for migrating to this Standard is 15 September 2018
  • AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120 Aircraft, Space and Defence Standards These Standards must be migrated to the 2016 version by 15 September 2018.  Failure to do this will result in withdrawal of certification. 
  • ISO 135485 :2016 Medical Devices Standard. The previous versions followed ISO 9001 closely but the 2016 version has moved away from this.  Now if companies want to have 9001 and 13485 they must have separate certifications, the old version meant that a company being awarded 13485 automatically received 9001 as well.  This is not the case now.  It is becoming clear that a number of companies will drop 9001.
  • ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Standard.  This Standard reached the Final Draft stage in November (at last)  and if all goes to plan, the Standard will be issued formally in Feb/March 2018.  This a will be a new Standard so there will not be a transition period, however companies moving to 45001 will have three years to adopt the new Standard when OHSAS 18001 ceases to be available.
  • And finally, the Auditing Standard ISO 19011 is under review and should be issued this year.  It brings this Standard in line with Annex SL.

All in all, it looks as though 2018 is going to be another busy year.  Bring it on!!

The official blog for independent Management Training
Consultancy, Quality Matters Limited.

The revised standards for Quality and Environment, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 were published in September of 2015 and it was decided that there would be a three-year transition period for organisations certificated to the old standards. 

September 2018 seems a long way off but it is important to remember that the systems must be transitioned and a period of operation allowed before the actual transition can be carried out.  This means that any organisation leaving it all to the last-minute risks having their certification cancelled if the transition assessment stages are not complete and any non-conforming elements corrected and accepted by the certification body. 

UKAS have stated clearly that any organisation not completing all the stages by 14 September 2018 will automatically be de-registered.   There can be no extension and no grace period will be permitted.

Organisations not meeting the deadline will lose their certification and will have to make a fresh application for assessment and certification; this will take a considerable time to achieve and of course there would be a break in certification.  Organisations that need ISO9001 and/or ISO14001 as a prerequisite for tenders or contracts may find that business is lost.

Organisations holding the Aerospace Standards, AS 9100, AS 9110 and AS 9120 will also need to transition to the latest Standards, but these were published at the end of 2016.  Sadly the drop dead date for these Standards has been aligned with the ISO Standards and will require all the transition to be completed in under two years for 14 September 2018.  In addition, no assessment or surveillance may be carried out to the old Standards after June 2017.

We all have a busy time ahead.

The official blog for independent Management Training
Consultancy, Quality Matters Limited.