This year has probably been the most frantic time ever. Not only have there been the requirements for transition to the Quality Management Standard, ISO 9001:2015 and the Environmental Standard, ISO 14001:2015 but the Aircraft, Space and Defence Standards AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120 have been upgraded, but with a two year transition instead of the usual three year period. This has made diary planning a little difficulty, to say the least.
Clients not yet transitioned must do so before September 2018 or they will automatically be deregistered. However, no new certifications, re-certifications or surveillance visits may be carried out to the old Standards after March 2018. UKAS have stated that there will be no exemptions to this rule and no extensions will be granted. The transition by your Certification Body must have been completed by the drop-dead date and of course any non-conformities must be cleared and accepted by the CB. The Certification Body will expect to see that the revised Standard(s) have been in use for some time before transition as clearly they can only assess what you have been doing and not what you intend to do.
We have had a number of new clients who have employed the services of consultants only to find that the consultants in question do not want to be involved in the new Standards. These new clients have come to us for help. In all cases we have been able to provide or exceed the level of service they required and have managed to prepare them for transition to the new Standards and in some cases, provide consultancy to help them gain certification from a UKAS Accredited Certification Body rather than one of the non UKAS and non-regulated organisations claiming to offer certification.
UKAS is the sole accreditation Body in the UK and only UKAS can accredit the many Certification Bodies. Many companies believed that the certificates they were issued from one of these Non- accredited organisations would be recognised widely by others, but sadly this is not true.
This will be our final blog for 2017. Our offices will be closed from midday on Thursday 21 December and will reopen on 3rd January 2018. Our email will be monitored but may take longer for us to respond during this period.
We wish our Clients and readers of our blog a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.
2017 year end and onwards and upwards to 2018
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