ISO 9001:2008 - The journey continues...

On 14 November 2008, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) published ISO 9001:2008, the latest edition of the international standard used by organisations worldwide as the framework for their quality management systems (QMS).

ISO 9001:2008 contains no new requirements compared to the 2000 edition. It provides clarifications to the existing requirements of ISO 9001:2000, and introduces changes intended to improve consistency with the environmental management system standard ISO 14001:2004.

In particular, there are no material changes to the Equal Assurance Integrated Audit Critera used on all our assurance programs. In addition, there are no changes to the ISO 9001 Q-MarkTM.

Consistent with the rules jointly set by ISO and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) for the transition of certificates, Equal Assurance will follow the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) Policy 07/08 - ISO 9001:2000 to ISO 9001:2008 Transition Policy. This is summarised as follows:

  1. Certificate of Confidence to ISO 9001:2008 and/or national equivalents shall only be issued after a successful Certification Audit, Surveillance Audit or Re-Certification Audit to ISO 9001:2008.
  2. As from 15 November 2009, all accredited certificates issued or re-issued shall be to ISO 9001:2008.
  3. As from 15 November 2010, any existing certificates to ISO 9001:2000 will not be recognised as accredited.

We also provide the following links to assist in the transition:

Finally, Equal Assurance can provide a competency assessment tool to provide you with the confidence that you have understood the required changes. This is available free for Equal Assurance clients and auditors, and for 50AUD per person to the general public.

To find out more on exactly what you and your organisation needs to do to transition to ISO 9001:2008, please contact your Account Manager.

Enjoy the journey...

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