Archive for May, 2009

Can ISO 9001 certifications be extended past three years?

Friday, May 29th, 2009

According to a recent bulletin authored by Randy Dougherty, Vice President of the ANAB, the answer is no. The ANAB “Heads Up” bulletin 138 goes on to explain:

“Since ISO/IEC 17021 has been fully implemented by all ANAB-accredited CBs, ANAB has been asked the same question numerous times: ‘Can a CB extend an ANAB-accredited certificate past the three-year certification if all re-certification requirements were not met prior to the certification expiration?’

The answer is No.

Per ISO/IEC 17021 certificate extensions are not allowed, no matter the situation, per several requirements within ISO/IEC 17021:

8.2.3.c states, The certification document(s) shall identify the following…the expiry date or recertification due date consistent with the recertification cycle…

9.1.1 states, …The three-year certification cycle begins with the certification or recertification decision.

9.4.2.2 states, When, during a recertification audit, instances of nonconformity or lack of evidence of conformity are identified, the certification body shall define time limits for correction and corrective actions to be implemented prior to the expiration of certification.

A decision for initial certification or re-certification cannot be granted unless all of the conditions of 9.1.15 are fulfilled, so if the recertification audit has not been conducted, or any nonconformities have not been addressed to the extent required by 9.1.15b or 9.1.15c, then a certification expires until the conditions are fulfilled.”

New (or maybe rumored) Corrective and Preventive Action requirements! Make sure your system is up to speed!

Friday, May 8th, 2009

In order to accommodate the rumored additional changes to ISO 9001:2008, you will need to incorporate the following form into your organizations Corrective and Preventive Action system. It is also rumored that these requirements will affect additional standards such as ISO/TS 16949, ISO 14001, AS9100, ISO 13485, ISO 22000 and various other standards.

Free download: iso-mil-hf-car-par

The downloadable form was developed by members of the military to facilitate the documentation of key personal issues into a corrective and preventive action format. If you have any questions or require any help in the application or requirements of this form, please contact G3 Solutions. We will do our best to aid in the development of your quality management system and sense of humor.