GENEVA, August 20-The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) have agreed on an implementation plan for transition of accredited certification to ISO 9001: 2008. The details of the plan are given in a joint communiqué by the two organizations, which appears below.

ISO 9001: 2008, which is due to be published before the end of the year, will replace the year 2000 version of the standard.

Joint IAF-ISO communiqué

Implementation of accredited certification to ISO 9001: 2008
ISO and the IAF have agreed an implementation plan to ensure a smooth migration of accredited certification to ISO 9001: 2008, after consultation with international groupings representing quality system or auditor certification bodies, and industry users of ISO 9001 certification services.

ISO 9001: 2008 does not contain any new requirements
They have recognized that ISO 9001: 2008 introduces no new requirements. ISO 9001: 2008 only introduces clarifications to the existing requirements of ISO 9001: 2000 based on eight years of experience of implementing the standard worldwide with about one million certificates issued in 170 countries to date. It also introduces changes intended to improve consistency with ISO14001: 2004

The agreed implementation plan in relation to accredited certification is therefore the following:
Accredited certification to the ISO 9001: 2008 shall not be granted until the publication of ISO 9001: 2008 as an International Standard.

Certification of conformity to ISO 9001: 2008 and/or national equivalents shall only be issued after official publication of ISO 9001: 2008, which should take place before the end of 2008, and after a routine surveillance or recertification audit against ISO 9001: 2008.

Validity of certifications to ISO 9001: 2000
One year after publication of ISO 9001: 2008 all accredited certifications issued-new certifications or recertifications-shall be to ISO 9001: 2008.

Twenty-four months after publication by ISO of ISO 9001: 2008, any existing certification issued to ISO 9001: 2000 shall not be valid.