BAFE updates on ISO 9001 transition

BAFE updates on ISO 9001 transition

THE ORGANISATION has given information on the transition from the 2008 version of the standard to the 2015 update, and how it might affect BAFE registration.

Chris Auger, the organisation’s schemes manager, stated that the transition from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 will take effect on 15th September, when the 2008 version ‘will no longer be valid’. All BAFE registered companies with ISO 9001 as part of a BAFE scheme ‘will need to show’ that they have a current ISO 9001:2015 certificate, or that ‘they have at least started the audit process with their certification body’.

This change will ‘primarily relate’ to SP101 companies ‘but may also affect other schemes’, and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) – the association for world accreditation bodies – has stated that ‘it is not sufficient for organisations to have merely carried out their gap analysis or to say they have booked their assessment, the assessment of your organisation must have started’, with those who have started given until March 2019 to ‘close out any nonconformances’.

The IAF position is that if ‘any organisation has yet to start the assessment process for transition’, then they will ‘lose their certification’, which will ‘of course’ affect BAFE registration status, and organisations’ certification bodies will ‘be aware of the statement issued through UKAS and will be able to provide further details’.

Mr Auger noted in turn that although the updated standard ‘has been implemented for more than three years, we are aware a number of companies have not yet transitioned’, and ‘would urge all those companies to speak to their respective certification bodies for clarity on their certification status’.