In view of the impact of the Covid 19 crisis on the performance of on-site audits, IAF has extended the transition periods for all recently revised ISO management system standards by six months. The modified transition periods concern, among others, the ISO standards ISO 45001:2018 for occupational safety and health (OHSAS) and ISO 50001:2018 for energy management.

The decision to extend transition periods in connection with the revision of the ISO standards concerned is mainly due to the fact that a regular on-site audit activity is not possible or only possible to a greatly reduced extent in the foreseeable future due to the current situation. Under these circumstances, the requirement to meet the previously published deadlines was obviously considered inappropriate.

FROM BS OHSAS 18001 TO ISO 45001

The original regulation in the OHSAS area stipulated that all certificates according to BS OHSAS 18001 would lose their validity on March 11, 2021 and the transition to ISO 45001 must be completed.

► The new expiry date of the old BS OHSAS certificates has now been set to 30 September, 2021.

Also new is the deadline, which indicates until when OHSAS management systems can still be audited against BS OHSAS 18001. This date has been postponed from March 11, 2020 to September 30, 2020.

FROM ISO 50001:2011 TO ISO 50001:2018

For the energy management standard ISO 50001, the deadline for certificates according to the old version of 2011 was 20 August 2021.

► The new expiry date of the old ISO 50001 certificates has now been set to 20 February, 2022.

The deadline for auditing against this old version already expired on February 20, 2020. This period was not extended retroactively. Since this date, only audits against the new version, ISO 50001:2018, are possible.


Modern management systems for safety and health at work (OHSAS) have a number of tasks to fulfil. In addition to the improvement of occupational health and safety, and now with ISO 45001 also to a certain extent to the company health system, the focus is particularly on the consultation and participation of employees, as required by law in some countries, and the observance of other employee rights.

WHY ISO 45001 instead of BS OHSAS 18001?

The main reason for the development of ISO 45001 is the significantly improved possibility of embedding occupational health and safety in an existing integrated management system based on ISO standards. The common basic structure of all new ISO management system standards, the so-called High Level Structure (HLS), with its identical text modules and basic terms, which are supplemented according to the specific field of the standard, is the decisive factor here. In doing so, many of the requirements of BS OHSAS 18001, the world’s leading occupational health and safety standard until the publication of ISO 45001, served as a basis for content for the ISO standard, or were even adopted.

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Article by Julian König, Expert at DQS GmbH

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Slowly but surely, society is becoming aware that there is no going back in terms of sustainability. After all, the consequences of our throw-away mentality end up again with us in the form of environmental pollution, climate change and resource scarcity. Companies are increasingly looking for ways to deal with these existential challenges. The magic word is circular economy – but what exactly is it and what tools do companies have to make the transition to such an economy? In the following, we present the model of a circular economy and go into a standard that supports the introduction of a circular system.

By 2030, the planet will be home to nearly 9 billion people. Resource scarcity, urbanization, pollution, rising energy costs and water insecurity are among the many challenges that will arise from this rapid population growth. In the face of these challenges, our “take-make-waste” industrial model has become unviable.

A new paradigm is emerging: the circular economy. The circular economy is an economic framework that focuses on carefully managing resources so that nothing is wasted. In other words, products and materials are kept in use—reused, remanufactured and recycled continuously— for as long as possible to achieve maximum value. This restorative and regenerative approach aims to create a closed-loop supply chain that “designs out” waste.

The advantage of such an economic system is obvious: the maximization of economic, natural and social capital. This is how environmental goals can be achieved and economic growth stimulated. So much for theory. The reality is of course a lot more complicated. However, there are standards that make it easier for companies to transition to a circular economy. One of those standards is ISCC PLUS.

The certification system enables producers to take full responsibility for the sustainability impact of their raw materials. Here you can learn more about the principles of ISCC PLUS and examples of use.

ISCC PLUS certification for the circular economy

The ISCC PLUS certification for the circular economy can be applied to all raw materials that can be recycled. The standard offers two options for these materials:

Materials are either physically segregated in production processes throughout the supply chain (“physical segregation”) or mixed in production but separated in bookkeeping (“mass balance approach”).

In this way, mixed plastic waste can find its direct way back into the supply chain. The mass balance method not only gives the material an economic value, it also reduces the risk of plastic waste being released into the environment in an uncontrolled manner. The ISCC PLUS certification guarantees that the material is actually recycled and the consumption of new raw material is reduced.

The certification is particularly interesting for manufacturers of biopolymer packaging, which are made, for example, from the biodegradable material PLA (polylactic acid), or for companies that process household waste, landfill gases or used car tires into valuable products.

The advantages

Certification with ISCC PLUS helps companies to master existing and future sustainability requirements. Consumer wishes are met, sustainable corporate governance supports employee loyalty and future regulatory requirements can be prevented.

Are you interested in an ISCC certification? Contact us – we will discuss your project!

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Implementing GFSI-recognized food safety standards can be challenging. Small and medium-sized companies in particular can find it difficult to meet the high requirements in the initial phase. The FSSC Development Program, designed to help companies overcome this challenge, will be launched on July 1 2020. It replaces the FSSC 22000 Global Markets Program. In the following you can find out what the Development Program offers, how companies can participate in the program and how the new version differs from the Global Markets Program.

In terms of food safety, there are usually two options: either companies manage to meet the high requirements of the certification standards, or they simply don’t. With the FSSC Development Program, the non-profit organization FSSC 22000 has created a system that enables SMEs to find a middle ground. The program can benefit both manufacturers of ingredients that deliver to other food manufacturers and companies that supply retailers and food service organizations.

How does the FSSC Development Program work?

The program is divided into three levels: level 1, level 2 and FSSC 22000 certification. Companies can start at any level within the program and then choose to proceed to any level. This way, SMEs can easily develop and improve their food safety system according to their own needs and those of their customers.

To participate in the program, companies must first conduct a self-evaluation. The company’s food safety system is then assigned to level 1 or level 2. If necessary, companies can rely on the support of a training provider. The applicant organization then hires an approved assessor, for example DQS CFS. After the assessment, the organisation must implement corrective actions in case of non-compliances. The declaration of conformity (level 1 or 2) is then issued and the organization is listed in a public register on the FSSC website. The declaration of conformity for level 1 or 2 is valid for one year. In order to maintain or improve the status, assessments have to be carried out annually.

You can download all the relevant documents here. The documentation for the new program will be updated soon.

The Benefits

The FSSC Development Program is easy to use and enables companies to set up their food safety system in a flexible and structured manner, while demonstrating their entrepreneurial commitment to food safety. The program is aligned with the CODEX HACCP, GFSI Global Markets and the FSSC 22000 structure, which ensures worldwide recognition.

The integration of the FSSC Development Program helps purchasing companies to develop their supplier relationships and to ensure that the basic aspects of food safety are being respected. This can also improve harmonization and cost efficiency in the food supply chain. Conversely, participating in the program offers food manufacturers the opportunity to expand their market access.

FSSC Global Markets Program versus FSSC Development Program

The FSSC Development Program is more flexible, so that organizations may begin the program at any one of the defined conformity levels and then remain at that level if it is sufficient for them and their clients. Also an advantage for SMEs is the price structure: the annual fee for food companies has been removed.

The FSSC Global Markets Program will be replaced by the FSSC Development Program on July 1, 2020. From this point onwards, all conformity assessments shall be delivered against the FSSC Development Program, which means that any conformity statement against the FSSC Global Markets program will not be valid after 30 June 2021.

What DQS can do for you

With experienced auditors across the globe, DQS is your partner for the FSSC Development Program. Contact us if you have further questions and sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.



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