ISO 9001:2015: It’s Released!

The new ISO 9001:2015 Standard has been approved and was published on September 15, 2015. It was made available for purchase on September 23, 2015.

Where Can I Get a Copy of the New ISO 9001:2015 Standard?
The Standard is available for purchase from the American Society for Quality ( or from ISO (

The Good News
The 9001:2015 Standard has many of the same requirements as 9001:2008, but it is much less prescriptive in terms of documented procedures (now called documented information). There is a new focus on alignment with business strategy and risk-based thinking.

Notable changes, guidance and transition tools can be found on our website:

Auditors and Company Representatives Are Getting Ready
Training organizations have been scrambling to get qualified to teach accredited transition training and lead auditor courses using the ISO 9001:2015 Standard. International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) transition courses are two days long and cover Annex SL and the requirements of the Standard. Exemplar Global requirements appear to be more based upon online training and testing.

As certified clients, you need to ensure that your people have the competency to transition and maintain systems against the new requirements.

Platinum Will Make the Transition as Easy and Inexpensive as Possible
We’ve been developing streamlined transition processes and methods for assessing conformance to the new requirements. We’ve already been contacting clients with recertifications occurring in 2015 to see when they intend to transition and help make that as smooth as possible from our end.

We’ve Got the Questions; You’ve Got the Answers: Getting Your Transition Audits on the Schedule
To best anticipate your needs, and before we can look at scheduling transition audits, we’ll need to know what you have in mind. All clients will be receiving a document between October and November explaining our transition plan and asking how they intend to implement the requirements as well as their desired timeline for transition.

What’s Involved – Transition Details and Timelines
Transition will involve a full system review. A new three-year certificate will be issued once the assessment has been successfully completed and certification is granted. Platinum will offer three ways to transition that make the most fiscal sense for our clients:

1. At a regularly scheduled Recertification Reassessment
This is the most economical choice, since a full system review is already planned. Having said that, some additional time will be required in the transition year and will depend upon the complexity of the system, the size of the organization and how the management system looks following implementation.

2. At a regularly scheduled Surveillance Assessment
Some additional time will be required during the transition year.

3. During a Special Assessment scheduled mid-cycle
This is the most expensive option as it will occur mid-cycle and additional time will be required.

When Do I Have to Transition from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015?
Companies with existing ISO 9001:2008 certifications are encouraged to adopt this new version and begin the transition process early to avoid any last–minute scheduling crunches. This will give you the best chance to get on the schedule on or near your preferred dates.

All existing ISO 9001:2008 certifications will expire on or before September 15, 2018, as this is when the ISO 9001:2008 Standard becomes obsolete.

This means that all transition audits must be:
-reviewed and
-certificates issued
before September 15, 2018.

If your certification expires in the Fall of 2018, we will help you schedule your transition before June 2018 to keep your costs as low as possible.

What Happens If I Don’t Meet the Transition Deadline?
Failure to meet the transition deadline will result in your ISO 9001:2008 certificate being suspended and withdrawn. Your organization would then need to go through an Initial Assessment against the ISO 9001:2015 Standard to recertify.

But I’m Nearly Finished With Implementation Against ISO 9001:2008!
If you have been working on implementing a system against the ISO 9001:2008 Standard, continue on. We have until September 23, 2016 to issue certificates against ISO 9001:2008. We will help you schedule your Transition Assessment in 2017.

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