The new standard was published on 25 September 2013 and it was anticipated that a 12 month transition would be applied to existing certificate holders. All the CBs (Certification Bodies) would have to train their auditors and then submit to a re-accreditation to the new standard by UKAS before any third party auditing could take place; this will take some time and some of the CBs anticipate that they will be ready to carry out audits by about late spring. Bearing this in mind and the short time remaining to upgrade, it has been decided to extend the deadline to 24 September 2015.
New applicants for 27001 can choose to have either the 2005 or the 2013 standard assessed up to September 2014. All of us have heaved a sigh of relief as the previous time-scale was seen as very tight. We hope that this extension will allow an orderly upgrade to the revised standard with time to plan and implement the changes.
We have started to plan our Client visits to allow the revision of documents and processes for the transition to take place. More help is available if required.
This is our last blog before Christmas so we wish our Clients and readers of our Blog a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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