Inquiry: Our company currently holds dual certifications to API Q1 and ISO 9001:2008 that are not set to expire until November 2017. When making the transition to ISO 9001:2015 and re-certifying in November 2017, will we be able to do dual certifications or will we have to do API Q1 separate from ISO 9001:2015?
Reply: Hello Brian, in response to your inquiry, the timing for transitioning your existing QMS from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 is dependent upon your Registrar’s timeline to begin issuing ISO 9001:2015 certifications. I highly recommend that you discuss this subject with your Registrar to determine how and when this transition will take place. In my professional opinion, this transition process may be similar to the recent move from API Q1, 8th edition to API Q1, 9th edition. Since your current certification expires November 2017, transitioning sooner rather than later is recommended. Especially since unlike API Q1, the ISO 9001 certification expiration date cannot be extended.
I hope this helps.
Bill Aston, Managing Director
Aston Technical Consulting Services, LLC
800 Rockmead, Suite 170, Kingwood, TX 77339