ISO 9001:2008: Implementation and Changes

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ISO 9001:2008 was released and became effective on November 15, 2008. This new version of ISO 9001 contains no new requirements, only minor wording changes, clarifications and notes. ASR expects all ISO 9001 clients to purchase a copy (www.iso.org or www.asq.org) of this new version and be prepared to be audited against it beginning January 1, 2009.

The main changes to the standard occur in the following clauses.

4.1 / 4.2.1 / 4.2.3 f / 5.5.2 / 6.2.1 / 6.2 c / 6.4 / 7.2.1 a / 7.3.1 / 7.3.3 / 7.6 / 8.2.1 / 8.2.2 / 8.2.3 / 8.2.4

ASR has created two documents that can assist you in understanding the changes and how ASR interprets those changes. The first document (ISO 9001:2000 vs. ISO 9001:2008) reviews the exact language from each standard for each clause and then provides an interpretation from ASR. The second document (Summary of ISO 9001:2008 main changes) is a more condensed version showing the clauses listed above and how that specific clause has changed from ISO 9001:2000. If you did not receive these documents via email in December please contact our office and we can send them to you.

ASR's auditors have been trained and updated to ISO 9001:2008. All audits (Stage 1/Stage 2/Re-Certifications/Surveillances) scheduled after January 1, 2009 will be conducted to ISO 9001:2008. The guidance on upgrading states that the upgrade should take place after a routine surveillance or re-certification audit with ISO 9001:2000 certificates remaining valid until November 14, 2010.

There will be no additional cost to upgrade to ISO 9001:2008 if you are doing so at a new registration or recertification audit. If you are upgrading at a surveillance audit, there will be a $25.00 certificate reprint fee assessed.

Please contact our office at 888-891-9002 if you have any questions on ISO 9001:2008 or the upgrade of your quality management system.

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