Don’t lose time when you recertify early
With the release of ISO 17021-1 (the standard that CABs like us work to) the way we issue certificates at recertification time has changed to benefit the clients.
When the recertification activities are successfully completed prior to the expiry of the existing certification, the EXPIRY DATE of the new certificate is based on the expiry of the existing certificate plus three years (3 years). The ISSUE DATE is the date that the certification decision was made in our office.
Previously most clients left the recertification audits right up until close to the expiry date of the certificate. They would do this to stop them losing time on their certification cycle.
For example if you had an expiry date of mid December and you did your recertification in September then you would generally lose three months as the new issue date would be September plus three years. With the new rule the issue date would be September still but the expiry would be December (the old expiry date) plus three years.
The new rule doesn’t really make much sense but it is easier for the clients as they can opt for an early recertification and still keep the same expiry date plus three years.
For all your recertification enquiry please feel free to contact your local office.