Understanding the Rules for ISO, IATF, & AS Certification Transfers

Understanding the Rules for ISO, IATF, & AS Certification Transfers

When you’ve made the decision to transfer your certificate(s) to a new certification body, knowing the rules for transfers can save you time, effort, and money. We’ve compiled some of these rules by standard below as a quick reference for your convenience. Click here to learn more about how Smithers’ experts make it easy for you to transfer your certificates, or simply request a quote.

ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018, and ISO 13485:2016: You can transfer your certificate at any stage of your three-year cycle. However, be sure to check with your current certification body before transferring to understand what audit cancellation fees may apply and when. Typically, if you transfer a minimum of 60-90 days before your next scheduled audit, you can avoid paying audit cancellation fees.

AS9100:2016: Like ISO 9001 on which it based, you can transfer your AS9100:2016 certification at any time in your three-year cycle, with a couple of provisions:

  1.  A transfer audit must be conducted by your new certification body to ensure the QMS is in place and operational since the last audit. Typically, this is a one-day activity, after which your new certificate will be issued.

  2.  If you are transferring within 12 months or less of your certificate expiration date, the new certification body must conduct a Stage 1 and Stage 2 audit.using re-certification duration.

And as above, check your current certification body’s contractual terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of potential audit cancellation fees.

IATF 16949:2016: Transferring your IATF 16949:2016 certification is straight-forward once you know the rules.

  1. You can only transfer your IATF 16949:2016 certificate once per three-year certificate cycle.

  2. A transfer audit must be conducted by the new certification body and this audit must be conducted at recertification audit duration. Since all IATF 16949:2016 certified companies are on the same three-year cycle as of 2018, many considering transfers will do so in 2021 to avoid having to conduct audits at recertification duration two years in a row.

Of course, also consult your current certification body’s contractual terms and conditions to understand their specific audit cancellation policies and fees.

While the rules presented here represent high-level guidance, each standard does have some additional requirements for certificate transfers. The Quality Assessments team of experts will make it easy for you to understand and navigate those requirements so you can transfer your certificate with confidence. Click here to learn how Smithers can help make it easy to transfer your certification.

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