Find out what the ISO 9001 and 14001 development process means for IRCA members
Date: 12 February 2015
The ISO development process
Both ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 are due to be published later this year. IRCA’s representatives on the Technical Committees for these Standards are advising us to expect ISO 9001:2015 in September and ISO 14001:2015 in July/August .
All ISO standards go through a prescribed development process. At the draft international standard (DIS) stage public comment is invited. These are then considered and approved comments are taken forward into a final draft international standard (FDIS) which is then subject to a vote by National Bodies. If the FDIS is approved by National Bodies, then the main content is fixed. Only minor editorial changes can then be made before it is published as an ISO Standard.
The current situation
Currently, we are part way between the DIS and FDIS stage for both 9001 and 14001. At this time, their content may still change. For this reason IRCA does not publish revised core training course or transition training course criteria until the FDIS ballot has been successful. As a result, there are no IRCA approved transition training courses currently available for QMS or EMS.
Why does IRCA adopt this approach?
IRCA is committed to maintaining the highest levels of auditor competence and auditor training. We believe that both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 will undergo significant changes between the DIS and FDIS and we wish to ensure that they are appropriately communicated by our training providers. This will ensure that auditors are trained in the actual requirements of these Standard, rather than what is predicted by other training providers.
IRCA will not accept certificates of attendance on non-IRCA approved transition training courses for transitioning purposes. Please ensure that you look for an IRCA approved course prior to making any booking. We are working hard to ensure that our training providers can offer IRCA approved transition training courses as soon as possible once the FDIS’s have been approved.
When can I find out about IRCA approved transition training?
We will provide IRCA members and IRCA-approved training organisations with more detailed information about the transitioning process in due course. Please keep checking this website.
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This post was written by Roy D'Ardenne