New ISO 50001: transition to ISO 50001:2018 and main changes -

New ISO 50001: transition to ISO 50001:2018 and main changes

12 Dec 2018

ISO 50001 has been technically revised in 2018: how can RINA support you in the transition?

The ISO 50001 standard specifies the requirements for an energy management system and enables an organization to apply a systematic approach to continuous improvement of energy performance, and greater energy efficiency and sustainability.

The 2018 version of ISO 50001 was published on 20 August 2018, aiming at improving energy management in terms of efficiency, use and consumption. This version specifies how to establish, implement, maintain and improve an energy management system according to the new ISO High Level Structure. Companies already certified with ISO 50001:2011 have a 3-year period to transition their certificate until August 20th, 2021.

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) published the Resolution 2017-14, which states the following:

  • • ABs (ACCREDIA), shall be ready to carry out transition assessments for ISO 50001:2018 within the 19th of February 2019; ACCREDIA on the 18th of October 2018 published the Circular 15/2018, which regulates the accreditation extension criteria for the ISO 50001: 2018 version.
  • • CABs (RINA Services) shall complete the transition with ABs for ISO 50001:2018 within the 19th of February 2020); RINA set the transition verification with ACCREDIA on the 19th of December 2018
  • • Certification Bodies (CABs) must perform audits of any kind (initial certifications, monitoring and recertification), only according to ISO 50001: 2018 version starting from 19 February 2020.

The main objectives and scope of the revision are:

  • • to adopt the ISO High Level Structure (HLS), common for all ISO standards, to ensure compatibility with other ISO Management System standards;
  • • to ensure that core concepts of 2011-edition are retained and better emphasized.

The necessary steps to face the transition are:

  • • knowledge and awareness of all new requirements;

  • • evaluation of the most important differences;

  • • evaluation of the necessary modifications and additions;

  • • definition and implementation of the necessary integrations.

During all these steps RINA can be a valid support, offering:

  • • information and training in different forms;
  • • competent and independent assessment of deviation from compliance with the new requirements, through on-site and/or documental gap analysis;
  • • evaluation of compliance with the new standard, through transition audit, performed according with RINA Technical Rules “Rules for the certification of Energy Management Systems”.