Fayyaz Ahmed Asks: API Q1 requires that the organization establish control features for the purchasing process and supplier selection. But what if an approved supplier has an ISO 9001:2000 certification and has not upgraded to ISO 9001:2008? This supplier is providing calibration services to its clients. What action should be taken at this stage?
REPLY: Hello Fayyaz, this is a great question. ISO 9001:2008 was issued for use during Nov. 2008. ISO 9001:2000 certifications remained valid for 24 months after this issuance date. The current version of API Q1, addendum 1, June 2010, specifically references ISO 9001:2008, since ISO 9001:2000 is no longer a valid standard.
Also, please note that ISO 9001:2008 is intended for quality management systems. Consider using or referring to ISO 10012 or ISO 17025 which are applicable to suppliers of calibration services. I hope this helps!