ISO (International Organization for Standardization) has issued new, improved advice to ISO 9000 users on how to make a smooth transition to the revised versions of its world-famous quality management standards, due for publication in the fourth quarter of 2000.
Transition Planning Guidance, updated to reflect the latest Draft International Standard (DIS) version of ISO 9001:2000, and updated answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) on the revisions, are available as hard copies from ISO national member institutes, or accessible electronically from the Web sites of ISO and subcommittee (SC) 2 of the ISO technical committee, ISO/TC 176, which is responsible for the ISO 9000 standards (www.bsi.org.uk/iso-tc176-sc2).
The latest Transition Planning Guidance benefits from the collaboration between ISO, representatives of the certification bodies that issue ISO 9000 certificates and, notably, the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) which represents the majority of the world’s national accreditation bodies that approve certification bodies as competent to operate. These major stakeholder groups have already agreed to a common policy on such issues as the validity of ISO 9000 certificates during the transition, and the competence of auditors to carry out their work to the new ISO 9000 requirements.
ISO publishes the bimonthly ISO 9000 + ISO 14000 News which, in addition to news of the ISO 9000 revisions, provides an overview of developments worldwide relating to its quality and environmental management system standards, including implementation case studies. (For a free sample copy, contact: email@example.com).