* PDF File on Changes in ISO 9001:2008

ccording to a joint announcement by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the IAF (International Accreditation Forum), the two organizations have agreed to an implementation plan for a smooth migration to ISO 9001:2008.

1) Certification to ISO 9001:2008 will only be issued after publication of ISO 9001:2008 (expected before the end of 2008) and after a routine surveillance audit or re-certification audit against ISO 9001:2008.

2) One year after publication of ISO 9001:2008, all certifications issued (new certifications and re-certifications) must be to ISO 9001:2008.

3) Two years after publication of ISO 9001:2008, existing ISO 9001:2000 certifications will not be valid.

This transition plan is possible, because ISO and IAF have agreed that ISO 9001:2008 introduces no new requirements. The revised quality standard only introduces clarifications to the existing ISO 9001:2008 requirements, and changes to improve consistency with ISO 14001:2004, the environmental standard.

ISO 9001:2008 Differences

You can read about the changes in ISO 9001:2008 vs. ISO 9001:2000 by downloading my paper, ISO 9001:2008 Differences, from my web site. It is a PDF file with 19 pages describing every text change throughout the standard.

Deleted ISO 9001:2000 text is indicated by strikethroughs. New ISO 9001:2008 text ishighlighted and underlined. The underlining will allow readers to distinguish the new text, even if the paper is printed without color.

Most of the text in ISO 9001:2000 has not been affected by ISO 9001:2008 and is not repeated in the paper. Revised text is shown in Italics to distinguish it from comments.

Note: The ISO 9001:2008 differences are explained using the content of ISO/FDIS 9001:2008 and may change when ISO 9001:2008 is published.