If you really want to hire an ISO certification consultant, you need to understand difference between a consultant and an agent. An ISO consultant is a person who has a proven knowledge of standard (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 etc), means he or she should have a certification (May be Lead Auditor degree) in that standard. Apart from ISO standard, a consultant should have educational background related to your industry & most important a consultant should have working knowledge of your industry. For example if you are manufacturing some food product & you are hiring a consultant for ISO 9001 certification, a right consultant for you should have a degree in food (may be Bsc. food technology), should have working knowledge of food industry & a certification in ISO 9001 standard is a must. An agent is a person or agency which makes you available a certificate by some arrangements with a certification company even if you don’t deserve it. Beware of such consultants & certification companies because such certifications never add value to your system & in most of cases such certificates (which is issued without proper audit) are fake.
Note : CDG doesn’t provide consultancy for ISO standards. This article has been published in public interest by CDG Certification Limited.
There are a number of ISO certification companies / individuals working in Indian market & they claim to be expert of different ISO standard, but in most of the cases their knowledge is limited to ‘knowing name of the ISO standard only’. The best way to verify authenticity of an ISO certification company is to check accreditation of that company. An ‘ISO Certification Body’ or ‘ISO Certification Registrar’ needs to be accredited by one of genuine accreditation board to declare it’s efficiency & compliance with ISO 17021 (accreditation standard / approval criterion for ‘Management System Certification Body’). If an ISO certification body declares itself complaint without any accreditation then their efficiency is doubtful & questionable. Many certification bodies in India & specially in Delhi either don’t have accreditation or they give false reference to an ‘Accreditation Board’ which doesn’t exist in actual. There is a very simple way to identify such ‘fake accreditations’, go to IAF (International Accreditation Forum) website i.e. www.iaf.nu & check name of accreditation board. If name of accreditation board is mentioned on IAF website then that is a valid accreditation board & hence credentials of certification approved by that board is verified. In India fake or fraudulent ISO certification is a great concern, so alway be very alert while choosing an ‘ISO Certification Body’.
If you wish to continue your ISO 9001 certification, you will have to upgrade your quality management system to the new edition (ISO 9001:2015) of the standard and apply for transition certification audit. You have been given a three-year transition time period from the date of publication of new standard (September 2015) to upgrade to the 2015 version. This means that, after the end of September 2018, a certificate to ISO 9001:2008 will no longer be valid. However there is a time of three years but it is advised to upgrade it at earliest to remain compatible & competitive in marketplace. CDG Certification Limited keeps you updated with market place. Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us toll free on : 1800 843 0018 to know the transition process & best quote.
The new version ISO 9001:2015 has come with a number of benefits.
- ISO 9001:2015 gives more emphasis on leadership involvement
- New standard address organization’s risks and opportunities in a more structured manner
- In the new standard simplified language, a common structure and terms has been used, which is helpful in integrating this standard with others.
- ISO 9001:2015 addresses supply chain management more effectively
- This new version of ISO 9001 standard Is more user-friendly for service and knowledge-based organization
The most remarkable change in the ISO 9001:2008 standard is its new structure. ISO 9001:2015 now follows a high level structure & now it is more easy to integrate it with other standards. Now the new standard ISO 9001:2015 is more focused on risk-based thinking which another major change in the standard. Some new clause has been added & some requirements of previous standard is not mandatory now. While some terminology has been changed most of the requirements of the standard (approx. 90%) is same.
Every ISO standard is reviewed on an interval of every five years and revised if it is required. This revision ensure that an ISO standard remains useful & practical. Business challenges are changing very frequently & are totally different from past. ISO 9001 has been updated to take these new challenges into account. ISO 9001 needs to reflect these changes in order to remain relevant in marketplace.
ISO 9001 standard has been revised and now this will be ISO 9001:2015. Old ISO 9001:2008 certificates will be valid till 14th September 2018 only.