Transition to ISO 9001:2008

Transition to ISO 9001:2008ISO 9001:2008 is still expected to be published by the end of this year. However, changes to the existing ISO 9001:2000 standard are considered minor and, in principle, there will be no new requirements.

What is expected in the updated quality standard are clarifications to the existing requirements of ISO 9001:2000, as well as, changes that are intended to improve consistency with the ISO 14001:2004 environmental standard.

According to the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA), there will be a 36-month transition period following the publication of the revised standard, so certification bodies can follow their normal cycle and not issue ISO 9001:2008 certificates until the time of re-certification.

This extended transition period is to prevent additional costs being incurred, either by the certification body or by the client. After this period, certification to ISO 9001:2000 will no longer be valid. Prior to this date, certification to both ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 9001:2008 will carry the same weight.