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Recent Changes in the World of ISO Standards

ISO published a lot of new and revised standards this year, covering various areas such as the auditing of management systems, food safety, occupational health and safety, greenhouse gas management, or online consumer reviews. This article serves you with a quick summary of some of the most prominent publications.

Revision of ISO 19011—Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems

Management systems are becoming increasingly popular for obvious reasons; they help organizations to perform better and build trust. Therefore, we also see an increasing number of management system standards available, with ISO alone having over 70 in its portfolio. In many cases, more than one management system is implemented at the same time, increasing the complexity of audits.

With the update to ISO 19011:2018, published in July 2018, the ISO’s International Standard for auditing management systems aims to counteract the complexity of multi-system audits by giving more guidance than ever before. It offers a uniform, harmonized approach, which enables effective auditing across multiple systems at the same time.

ISO 19011:2018, Guidelines for auditing management systems (July 2018)

Revision of ISO 22000—Food Safety Management Systems

The ISO 22000 standard for food safety management systems was first published in 2005. Since then, new food safety challenges have arisen in the food and feed industries that have not been adequately addressed in the standard. In 2014, ISO therefore started the revision of ISO 22000.

With the freshly released second edition of the standard—ISO 22000:2018, published in June 2018— ISO adopts the same high level structure as used in all the other ISO management system standards to ensure flawless interoperability with other management system standards. Further improvements include:

  • a new approach to understanding risks at both operational and business level;
  • the distinction of the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle (PDCA cycle) into two separate cycles, with one covering the management system and the other covering the principles of HACCP defined by the Codex Alimentarius;
  • a clear description of key terms such as: Critical Control Points (CCPs), Operational Prerequisite Programmes (OPRPs) and Prerequisite Programmes (PRPs).

ISO 22000:2018 cancels and replaces ISO 22000:2005. Organizations certified to the 2005 standard must transition to the new version within three years from publication.

ISO 22000:2018, Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain (June 2018)

ISO 45001—New Standard for Occupational Health and Safety

The new ISO 45001:2018 standard for occupational health and safety management systems, published in March 2018, is set to replace OHSAS 18001, the world’s former reference for workplace health and safety. You can find a comprehensive summary of the differences between the two standards as well as key facts about the migration process in Georg Karner’s article: ISO 45001—Differences to and Migration from OHSAS 18001.

ISO 45001 aims to improve workplace practices and reduce work-related injuries and illnesses globally. ISO hopes to achieve that by providing an easy-to-use framework and practical guidance for improving worker safety in countries around the world. ISO 45001:2018 uses the same high level structure and principles as all other ISO management system standards, which makes it easy to integrate with already implemented management system standards. Organizations already certified to OHSAS 18001 will have three years to comply with the new ISO 45001 standard, although certification of conformity to ISO 45001 is not a requirement of the standard.

ISO has also published a complementary technical specification outlining the skills and knowledge required from certification and auditing bodies that conduct audits to ISO 45001.

ISO 45001:2018, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use (March 2018)

ISO 20488—Online Consumer Reviews

Consumer reviews are ubiquitous when shopping online and can provide great value to consumers when making a buying decision—provided that they are trustworthy and not pre-filtered or faked. With the new ISO 20488:2018 standard for online consumer reviews, published in June 2018, ISO aims to put the trust back into online reviews by detailing principles and requirements for their collection, moderation, and publication.

ISO 20488 is the first International Standard published by ISO’s technical committee for online reputation and is designed to help companies boost consumer confidence in online reviews, protect suppliers from mischief, and improve the quality of products and services provided.

ISO 20488:2018, Online consumer reviews – Principles and requirements for their collection, moderation and publication (June 2018)

ISO 14080—Greenhouse Gas Management and Related Activities

Limiting greenhouse gas emissions is widely recognized as a key challenge in the fight against global warming. With the newly published ISO 14080:2018 standard concerning greenhouse gas management and related activities, ISO aims to directly support the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to below 2 °C and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The ISO 14080:2018 standard provides both local and national governments with a common framework to take appropriate actions for the mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and also helps them to assess the effectiveness of their actions. The standard is not only useful for public authorities, but can also be used by private companies to identify environmentally justifiable actions or to determine the impact of their investments.

ISO 14080:2018, Greenhouse gas management and related activities – Framework and principles for methodologies on climate actions (June 2018)

ISO 41001—Facility Management

ISO identified facility management as an essential aspect of organizational success, With ISO 41001:2018, ISO published new international guidelines to help facility management teams achieve optimum efficiency and be sustainable in a globally-competitive environment.

It is important to note that the requirements specified in ISO 41001:2018 are non-sector specific. They are intended to be applicable to all organizations, or parts thereof, regardless of the type, size, nature, or geographical location of the organization. According to ISO, it „has the potential to make a real difference to organizations by improving workforce health and safety, reducing their impact on the environment and making considerable cost savings and efficiencies.

ISO 41001:2018, Facility management – Management systems – Requirements with guidance for use (April 2018)

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