The global association for developing the principles and practices for the conduct of conformity assessment, IAF, has passed a resolution that, as of 15 March 2018, conformity assessment bodies must conduct all ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 initial, surveillance and recertification audits to the new versions: ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. Failure to achieve certification to the new standards by the 15 September 2018 deadline invalidates previous certifications.

ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 place leadership and the commitment of top management, risk-based thinking, appreciation of organisational context and a process approach, front and centre. The standards provide organisations with a framework on which to build effective management systems. It also offers organisations with OHSAS 18001 management systems a platform from which to migrate to ISO 45001.

Organisations that have yet to start their transition to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 should take action now to avoid the risk of missing the deadline.