On August 20, 2018 the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published ISO 50001:2018, the revised management system standard for energy management. The transition period for existing certificates was confirmed to be three years from the publication date.
DQS, like all other certification bodies is required to stop conducting audits according to the “old” ISO 50001:2011 after February 20, 2020 (18 months after the publication date). This means that certified organizations will have to plan accordingly and should start preparations for transition as soon as possible to assure a smooth transition process.
The main changes required by the revised standard are:
- Adoption of the ISO High Level Structure (HLS) for management system standards, ensuring compatibility with ISO 14001 and other ISO management system standards
- A stronger emphasis on the responsibility of leadership
- Improved sections on data collection and normalization
Some clarification of key concepts related to energy performance