Each year we report that the past twelve months have been very busy, but this year has been the busiest yet.

Normally we are winding down in December but this year we have a fully booked month up to 21 December. We still have some clients asking for a visit in December, but this year we cannot oblige, January looks busy as well.

The transition periods for ISO 9001 and 14001 expired in September 2018 and we still received calls at the start of September from new clients that had not prepared for the transition and were in danger of having their certification cancelled, “could we help?”; it was a challenge but we managed to save a number of certifications.

There were also those organisations calling after 15th September to say that their certification had been withdrawn and what could we do to get them back. Some were dismayed to learn that it would be treated as a new application and all the process of Stage 1, Stage 2 and certification would apply, naturally there would be a gap in certificates.

It was the same for the Aerospace Standards which only had a two-year transition period ending on 14 September 2018. Fortunately, we do not know of any organisation failing to meet the transition deadline.

The GDPR and Data Protection Act were issued on 14th May 2018 and all organisations had to comply with the content. It was clear that some organisations insisted that Business to Business email should be covered under GDPR, this resulted in a flurry of emails asking us to give consent to contact us in the future; this was not the intention of GDPR, however things have settled down now.

The Occupational Health & Safety Standard ISO 45001:2018 was published and will replace OHSAS 18001. This is not a transition, as this is a new standard but all users of OHSAS18001 must migrate to the new standard within 3 years of publication.

This will be our final blog for 2018. Our offices will be closed from midday on Friday 21 December and will reopen on 2nd January 2019. 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.

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