The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) have already posted a Technical Bulletin – Imminent Publication of ISO 50001: 2018 earlier in July 2018 but it is most appropriate to reiterate the contents of this Technical Bulletin following the publication of ISO 50001:2018.
The UKAS Bulletin recognises that ISO 50001:2018 brings with it a number of technical changes along with the application of the Annex SL High Level structure similar to the changes already found in ISO 14001:2015 & ISO 9001:2015.
The groundwork of the UKAS Bulletin was laid by a IAF Resolution for the transition arrangements and the UKAS transition process will be based on this, Resolution 2017-14, which reads as follows.
Transitional Arrangements for the revision of ISO 50001:2011 – The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved that the Transitional Arrangement for the Revision of ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management Systems – Requirements with guidance for use, be three years from the date of publication of the revised standard. All ISO 50001:2011 certifications shall expire or be withdrawn at the end of the transition period.
Within this transition timeline:
- ABs shall be ready to carry out transition assessments for ISO 50001:2018 within 6 months from the date of publication of the revised standard.
- CABs shall complete the transition with ABs for ISO 50001:2018 within 18 months from the date of publication of the revised standard.
- CABs shall cease conducting audits, including initial, surveillance and recertification to the ISO 50001:2011 18 months from the date of publication of the revised standard. The outcomes of such audits to the revision of ISO 50001:2011 shall be considered by the CAB for further decision on accredited certifications to ISO 50001:2011 as deemed appropriate.
UKAS propose to publish a further communication detailing the transition process. Until that time, UKAS-accredited Certification Bodies have been urged to review ISO 50001:2018 and start to develop a gap analysis and implementation plan as part of the transition process.
A copy of the UKAS Technical Bulletin can be downloaded here