ISO 9001:2015 Transition Planning Guide released by the IAF

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has released a transition planning document that provides guidance for the transition from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015. The Transition Planning Guidance for ISO 9001:2015 document was developed in cooperation with ISO Technical Committee 176, Subcommittee 2, Working Group 23, to provide advice to interested parties on transition arrangements to be considered before implementing ISO 9001:20125. It identifies activities that should be considered by relevant interested parties and increases understanding of the context of ISO 9001:2015, which is scheduled for publication in September 2015.

The Transition Planning Guidance for ISO 9001:2015 document reflects the consensus of IAF members on this subject and is intended to support the consistent application of requirements. Because the document is for information purposes only, IAF accreditation body members and conformity assessment body members they accredit are not obligated to use or comply with the document.

IAF and the ISO Committee on Conformity Assessment have agreed to a three-year transition period from the publication date of ISO 9001:2015. ISO 9001:2008 certificates will not be valid after three years from the publication of ISO 9001:2015. The expiration date of certifications to ISO 9001:2008 issued during the transition period needs to correspond to the end of the three-year transition period.

The Transition Planning Guidance for ISO 9001:2015 document recommends that organizations using ISO 9001:2008 take the following actions:

  • Identify organizational gaps* that need to be addressed to meet ISO 9001:2015’s new requirements.

  • Develop an implementation plan

  • Provide appropriate training and awareness for all parties that affect the organization’s effectiveness.

  • Update the existing quality management system to meet ISO 9001:2015’s new requirements and provide verification of effectiveness.

  • Contact their certification body (registrar) for transition guidance.

The document also provides specific guidance for certification and accreditation bodies.

The Transition Planning Guidance for ISO 9001:2015 document can be download free of charge at

* IQC can perform your Gap Analysis under this guidance.  Contact us for a quote.