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ISO 9001:2000 Transition Period Deadline Looms

New York, Nov 19, 2003

Users of one of the International Organization for Standardization’s most widely known standards, ISO 9000, must be current in their adherence to its latest requirements when the transition period between older versions and the latest version comes to an end at midnight on December 15, 2003. Organizations with certification/registration against the requirements of ISO 9001:1994, ISO 9002:1994 or ISO 9003:1994 issued by an accredited certification body must update to the new requirements of ISO 9001:2000, Quality management systems - Requirements, by the deadline.

Prior to the publication of ISO 9001:2000, a three-year transition period was established in 1999 during discussions between the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), ISO Technical Committee 176 (that develops and maintains the ISO 9001 standard), and ISO’s Conformity Assessment Committee (ISO/CASCO). December 15, 2003, was set as the deadline. After this date, the only valid accredited certificates will be those that state conformity to the new requirements of ISO 9001:2000. In order for organizations to maintain their certification, they must complete the transition to ISO 9001:2000.

"Certification" refers to the issuing of written assurance (the certificate) by an independent, external body that has audited an organization's management system and verified that it conforms to the requirements specified in the standard. "Registration" means that the auditing body then records the certification in its client register. According to ISO, the difference between the two terms is not significant and both are acceptable for general use. In the context of ISO 9000, “accreditation” refers to the formal recognition by a specialized body - an accreditation body - that a certification body is competent to carry out ISO 9000 certification in specified business sectors.

In the U.S., ANSI’s accreditation services include a partnership with the Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB) that provides a National Accreditation Program (NAP) for quality and environmental management systems registrars.

Data from QSU Publishing Company indicates that fewer than 30 percent of the ISO 9000 certificates reported in the United States, Canada and Mexico meet the new standard. Globally, ISO reports that some 30 percent of the estimated 561,747 certificates were up to date as of the end of 2002.

ISO 9000 has become an international reference for quality management requirements, and a benchmark for improving customer satisfaction and achieving continual improvement of its performance in pursuit of these objectives. The ISO 9000 family of standards are known as "generic management system standards". ISO 9000 can be applied to any organization, in any sector of activity, and whether it is a business enterprise, a public administration, or a government department. ISO 9000 is applied to the organization's structure for managing its processes or activities that support the organization's objectives, such as satisfying the customer or complying with regulations.

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