Unless you didn’t know already, ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 were revised last year to reflect the current market and expectations from customers. All organizations currently certified to ISO 9001:2008 or ISO 14001:2004 will need to transition to the new requirements by September 2018. This means, that after the end of September 2018, a certificate to ISO 9001:2008 or ISO 14001:2004 will no longer be valid.
So why change now if it can wait until 2018? Time, is the most important factor. Most organizations transition successfully however if you wait until near the deadline, then there will be less time to correct problems – increasing the chances of not being certified on time. So transition early, to reduce the risks and costs to your business.
Adopting the new standards early also sends a clear message to existing and prospective customers – It shows you are taking a leading, innovative and proactive approach to quality/environmental management through new management systems. By embedding healthy performance processes into the organization earlier, you will improve your overall customer experience, which in turn, will enhance your reputation overall.
It is better to start working on the transition sooner rather than later to gain early benefits of the new standards and improve business performance.
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