The Continued Transition to ISO 9001:2000

Although ISO 9001:1994 was withdrawn on December 15, 2003, some organizations have not completed the transition to ISO 9001:2000. Some may have let the certificates expire on purpose. However, many were just late in making the transition. As a result, most registrars have announced plans to issue letters of conformity or unaccredited certificates to extend the transition period for a limited period of time.

The IAF, comprised of the larger and better known registrars, has stated the delayed companies will not have to undergo a full registration audit if they make the transition in a reasonable period of time. Some registrars are saying the transitions must complete by the next scheduled surveillance visit. A few say the transitions must complete by April 2004. And, some have stated the maximum validity of the letters or unaccredited certificates will be until the end of 2004.

Of course, customers that want their suppliers to have an ISO 9001:2000 certificate may take a dim view of these temporary measures and impose their own deadline for ISO 9001:2000 registration.