Revised criteria for the transfer of accredited certification to another Certification Body


IAF MD 2:2017

The revised IAF MD 2:2017 IAF Mandatory Document for the Transfer of Accredited Certification of Management Systems was published on 15 June 2017 & is coming up to the application date of Friday, 15 June 2018 (the date when the criteria should be implemented by Certification Bodies & can be openly assessed by the National Accreditation Bodies (NAB).

This document provides normative criteria on the transfer of accredited management system certification between Certification Bodies. The criteria may also be applicable in the case of acquisitions of Certification Bodies accredited by an IAF or Regional MLA signatory.

A copy of the revised IAF MD2:2017 can be freely downloaded here

ACTION POINTS

  1. Review the revised version of IAF MD 2:2017;
    a) As a Certification Body for the implications on your certification body processes or,
    b) As a business holding accredited certification consider the guidance in relation to any proposed change of Certification Body.
  2. For Certification Bodies, implement the criteria within your processes by 15 June 2018.
  3. For businesses holding accredited certification, be aware of the criteria for any change of Certification Body on or after 15 June 2018.
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Issuing of Unaccredited ISO 45001:2018 Certificates during Migration


UKAS Technical Bulletin - ISO 45001:2018 Migration ProcessUKAS has issued a Technical Bulletin (19 March 2018) covering the process for UKAS-accredited Certification Bodies (CB) to migrate from issuing OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001:2018 certificates.

Similarly, ANAB has issued a Heads Up on ISO 45001:2018 Unaccredited Certificates, which explains similar principles in the three-year migration period, which ends 12 March 2021.

It is confirmed that until a UKAS-accredited CB is granted accreditation for ISO 45001:2018, it may issue unaccredited certificates for ISO 45001:2018 during the migration period.

So, CBs holding current UKAS accreditation for OHSAS 18001:2007, who wish to migrate to accreditation to ISO 45001:2018 are permitted to issue unaccredited certificates to customers meeting the ISO 45001:2018 requirements prior to the CB gaining accreditation to the new International Standard.

Once accreditation is gained, CBs will need to review each certificate issued as unaccredited to ensure the audit process that led to that certificate being issued is still valid before upgrading the certificate to accredited status.

So, bear in mind that if you make an early migration to ISO 45001:2018, your certificate may be unaccredited as the process for accreditation of CBs can take between six and 24 months. This may impact of the perception of your certificate in the marketplace & you should consider the short-term  communication needs to manage the expectations of your Stakeholders / Interested Parties.

A copy of the UKAS Bulletin is freely available here & the ANAB Head Ups can be downloaded here

ACTION POINTS

  1. If your business is planning to migrate from OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001:2018, you should review the UKAS Technical Bulletin.
  2. Consider the perception of an unaccredited ISO 45001:2018 certificate and the short-term  communication needs to manage the expectations of your Stakeholders / Interested Parties.
  3. Maintain communication with your accredited-Certification Body to update on their progress toward gaining accreditation to issue accredited ISO 45001:2018 certificates.
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Brexit Briefing: Weekly Media Summary – 23 March 2018


Brexit Briefing - Weekly Summary

This Friday’s edition of the Brexit Briefing is part of the series of posts to highlight articles published in the media covering Brexit from an environmental perspective.

The articles are presented in chronological order with the most recent articles first. They are not presented in any specific order of importance & are provided as a selected sample of news articles to promote understanding of the key environmental issues as they develop during the Brexit process.

The selected articles from this past week, which saw the UK and EU agreeing to the Transitional Period, the negotiations resume in Brussels & PM Theresa May arriving in Brussels for the first time in 2018 to promote a new “spirit of co-operation and opportunity”, are:

Chemical companies fear toxic consequences of Brexit (Reuters, 23 March 2018)

Brexit: EU adopts guidelines for negotiations on future relations (BBC News, 23 March 2018)

Inside the Secret Plot to Reverse Brexit (Bloomberg, 23 March 2018)

New Brexit battle over no deal (Politico.EU, 23 March 2018)

Brexit: EU leaders set to discuss transition agreement (BBC News, 22 March 2018)

What does Brexit mean for the fishing industry? (Holyrood, 21 March 2018)

Brexit: Ministers suffer nuclear defeat in Lords (BBC News, 20 March 2018)

The Brexiteer and the newt – a case study in the EU, corporations and nature (Ecologist, 20 March 2018)

Spain refuses to back withdrawal deal over Gibraltar concerns (The Guardian, 20 March 2018)

The UK and EU agree terms for Brexit transition period (BBC News, 19 March 2018)

VIDEO: What will Brexit mean for the environment? (Ecologist, 19 March 2018)

Brexit: Commons committee split over transition call (BBC News, 18 March 2018)

U.K. and EU Agree to Brexit Transition as Irish Puzzle Persists (Bloomberg, 19 March 2018)

Scottish Greens gather for conference in Greenock (BT News, 17 March 2018)

Brexit: David Davis heads to Brussels for talks (BBC News, 16 March 2018)

Recapturing energy of 2014 top of Green agenda, co-convener says (CommonSpace, 16 March 2018)

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Invasive Species Week (23-29 March 2018)


Invasive Species Week (23-29 March 2018)Starting in 2015, the Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) launched the first Invasive Species Week. It brought together a range of organisations to raise awareness of invasive non-native species and inspire people to #GetINNSvolved and stop the spread. The fourth Invasive Species Week is coming on 23 – 29 March 2018.

The following events are proposed for this year’s week-long event:

Friday 23rd March
Launch of Invasive Species Week with an introduction to invasive non-native species (INNS) and their impacts, and information about the events taking place throughout the week.

Monday 26th March
Looking at ornamental plants and promoting Be Plant Wise by looking at invasive plants which were originally introduced into gardens.

Tuesday 27th March
Hitchhikers with information sharing on the ways that recreational water users, field workers and anyone out in the countryside can help to prevent the spread of INNS, in particular promoting Check Clean Dry.

Wednesday 28th March
Exotic pets by looking at some of the animals which have caused problems in the UK, and further afield, after being released into the wild, and promoting the Pet Code of Practice.

Thurs 29th March
#getINNSvolved is the hashtag for the NNSS and will be used on the last day of Invasive Species Week to look at the work of Local Action Groups and other organisations helping to tackle INNS, and encouraging others to take part.

NNSS will be highlighting some key species to be on the look out for, and promoting the free tools available to record sightings including the Asian Hornet Watch app, available from Google Play or the App Store.

The website can be freely accessed here

ACTION POINTS

  1. If your business is likely to encounter non-native invasive species then consider reviewing the resources on the NNSS website for this year’s Invasive Species Week (23 – 29 March 2018).
  2. Promote the issues on invasive species impacting on your business within your organisation and supply chain during this year’s Invasive Species Week (23 – 29 March 2018).
  3. Consider promoting the invasive species issues at other times during the year to maintain awareness of the issues and impacts on the UK’s natural environment.
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Brexit Briefing: Weekly Media Summary – 16 March 2018


Brexit Briefing - Weekly Summary

This Friday’s edition of the Brexit Briefing is part of the series of posts to highlight articles published in the media covering Brexit from an environmental perspective.

The articles are presented in chronological order with the most recent articles first. They are not presented in any specific order of importance & are provided as a selected sample of news articles to promote understanding of the key environmental issues as they develop during the Brexit process.

The selected articles from this past week, which saw the US impose tariffs on the EU,  the post-Brexit cost may not be paid off until 2064 & the EU Ministers Crunch Summit coming up, are:

Davis to Go to Brussels for Brexit Talks Before Crunch Summit (Bloomberg, 14 March 2018)

United Kingdom will come to ‘regret’ Brexit – Juncker (ClickLancashire, 13 March 2018)

Scottish Brexit bill set for second Holyrood debate (STV News, 13 March 2018)

OBR: UK will be paying Brexit divorce bill until 2064 (City AM, 12 March 2018)

EU Will Make U.K.’s Case for Trump Tariff Exemptions, Fox Says (Bloomberg, 12 March 2018)

Brexit preparation bill ‘could reach £2 billion by official date of leaving EU’ (BT, 12 March 2018)

UK Government changes Brexit law without Welsh agreement (ITV News, 12 March 2018)

Senior Tories Gove and Davidson demand post-Brexit changes over fishing (BT, 11 March, 2018)

Davidson and Gove in joint demand on fishing post-Brexit (STV News, 10 March 2018)

SNP accuses Westminster of reviving ‘Project Fear’ over Brexit (The Scotsman, 9 March 2018)

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BSI Brexit and Standards Position Statement


Brexit and Standards Position Statement

Since the UK Referendum vote to leave the EU in June 2016, BSI, in its capacity as the UK’s National Standards Body, has consulted its members and stakeholders about the possible implications of Brexit for International Standards.

As a result, BSI has published its Brexit Position Statement to reaffirm continuity to provide UK experts with the standards development framework to support trade in the UK, across Europe and globally. BSI’s stakeholders have confirmed their clear view that BSI should remain a full member of the European Standards Organizations.

The Brexit Position Statement sets out the eight key principles on which their position is based, namely:

  1. Standards provide a passport to trade.
  2. The European standards system has simplified the market structure in Europe through the use of the single national standard model across 34 countries in the region.
  3. The European standards system is neither owned by nor is it an agency of the European Union.
  4. The UK has significant influence in the development of European standards.
  5. Maintaining full UK membership of CEN and CENELEC is important to the success of business in Europe post-Brexit.
  6. Maintaining full CEN and CENELEC membership also brings benefits to consumers and other public interest groups.

These principles are supported by statements from a range of BSI’s stakeholders, including industry associations and individual companies, consumer groups, users of standards and professional institutions.

A copy of the BSI Brexit and Standards Position Statement can be freely downloaded here.

ACTION POINTS

  1. If your business considers itself to be a stakeholder in International Standards, such as a user of ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 then you should obtain a copy of BSI’s Brexit Position Statement.
  2. Consider the risk and opportunities that may affect your business in relation to the issues presented in BSI’s Position Statement.
  3. Review the status of BSI and International Standards development during the period to 30 March 2019 (the withdrawal date), the EU proposed transition period until 31 December 2020 & in post-transition phase.
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ISO 45001:2018 published today (12 March 2018)


ISO 45001:2018

With the heightened awareness of health, safety and welfare issues, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed a new standard, ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements, that will help organizations reduce this burden by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.

What I hear you say, there is already OHSAS 18001:2007 covers this already. Well, OHSAS 18001 is a British Standard, and whilst it has been used widely across the world, it is not technically, an International Standard.

With contributions from UK Health & Safety experts, there has been a development of a new H&S International Standard, ISO 45001:2018.

Upon publication of ISO 45001:2018, OHSAS 18001:2007 will be withdrawn, organizations currently certified to OHSAS 18001:2007 will have a three-year migration period to upgrade to ISO 45001:2018.

For further information on the three-year migration, please refer to my earlier article: IAF Requirements for the Migration to ISO 45001:2018 from OHSAS 18001:2007.

A copy of the ISO 45001:2018 can be downloaded from your National Standards Body, such as BSI and ANSI.

ACTION POINTS

  1. If your business was certified to OHSAS 18001:2007, you should obtain a copy of ISO 45001;2018.
  2. Consider the opportunities for migration from OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001:2018 within the next three-years until the deadline (12 March 2021).
  3. Consider the migration guidance in IAF MD 21:2018, advice from your Certification Body or external consultant to achieve a successful migration.
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