ISO 45001: A new standard is born – step by slow step

Provided that the new standard for occupational health and safety, ISO 45001, will now be really be published in the first half of 2018, it will have been pretty much exactly five years since ISO made their decision in March 2013. A long time even for a comprehensive revision, even more so since it was built on top of the tried-and-tested foundation in BS OHSAS 18001, in combination with the already developed High Level Structure, which provides a uniform structure for all management system standards.

Just why the publication took so much time is common knowledge: the first ISO/DIS from November 2015 only met with 71 instead of the required 75% approval. And for good reasons, as evidenced by more than 3,000 comments that had been submitted. Then again, the whole development was not an easy one from the beginning: an OH&S norm issued by ISO has to formulate requirements that meet with global acceptance by all interested parties.

This ISO/DIS.1 then had to be revised in several places in order to reach a version that was agreeable to all parties. Another 1,600 comments showed that consensus on ISO/DIS.2 was indeed difficult to reach, however, in July 2017 a total of 79% of all delegates decided it would be sufficient for an FDIS.

So ISO 45001 seems to be well on its way now: a letter from the ISO/PC 283 secretariat states that the FDIS polling, which was started at the end of November, will be finalized on 25 January, 2018 now – with publication following shortly thereafter. It is definitely high time, because the advantages of this new standard are beyond doubt, in spite of its difficult gestation period.

Among other valuable input, ISO 45001 will finally see occupational health and safety capable of full integration into an existing management system, even including aspects of corporate health management. Joint topics are, e.g. context of the organization, leadership and commitment, or the risk-based approach to processes. This elevates the new standard for workplace health and safety even more into the ranks of corporate leadership subjects of strategic significance. Globally active organizations will find it easier to work within a standardized corporate OH&S management system based on an internationally recognized ISO standard – to name just some of the advantages.

Some people claim this ISO standard to be a milestone on the way to a comprehensive, holistic and globally effective occupational health and safety protection. Only time and and application will show if this is indeed true.

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Train-the-Auditor-Trainer 2018 (TTAT)

The annual Train-the-Auditor-Trainer 2018 (TTAT) event took place in Frankfurt-Höchst on January 18-19, 2018.

About 80 experienced auditors from 44 countries came together in the Lindner Hotel and participated in the annual training that focused on the ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 as well as the ISO 45001 standards.

After speeches of the managing directors of DQS Holding GmbH, the participants had the opportunity to exchange their experience in the framework of various workshops related to audit situation before, during and after the audit. Highlights were also topics concerning the inner logic of a management system, added value of the audit report, training tutorials regarding the Audit Manager and the new standard ISO 45001.

In addition to the TTAT 2018 the Automotive Training (QVT) which focused mainly on accreditation issues related to the transition of the revised IATF standard as well as the Aerospace Training took place on January 17, 2018.

DQS Malaysia was represented our General Manager, Mr. Lau En-Soon and our Certification Manager, Mr. Tee Kee Hu. They will be the 2 core approved trainers to then duplicate the training for DQS Malaysia auditors which is planned in April 2018.


In December 2017, IFS released an updated version of its internationally recognized PACsecure standard. Although the new version largely builds on the existing standard, there are a couple of changes that certified sites will need to prepare for. In this article, we have summarized those changes for you.

In the five years that have passed since the initial publication of the IFS PACsecure standard, the industry has become increasingly aware of some new potential threats to product safety. With the publication of Version 1.1, IFS aims to take into account the changing needs of industry stakeholders as well as to make sure that the IFS PACsecure standard continues to meet the benchmarking requirements of the GFSI.

Companies that are already certified to the IFS PACsecure standard should have little difficulty in implementing the new version 1.1. Yet, there are two main changes that require some attention: the addition of a new chapter on product fraud as well as the introduction of unannounced audits.

Preventing Product Fraud: Context

If you have been following the development of the main standards for food safety, you will have noticed that the prevention of food fraud has become a mandatory aspect of all GFSI-benchmarked standards. Yet how does this relate to the packaging industry?

GFSI defines food fraud as deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients or food packaging for economic gain. IFS builds on this definition, but uses the term “product fraud” in order to make it applicable to food and non-food products alike.

So what would typical cases of fraud involving packaging materials look like? Here’s a couple of possible scenarios:

  • Substitution of raw materials: replacing FSC- or PEFC certified board with non-certified materials
  • Theft of excess branded packaging to package non-brand products
  • Theft of brand logos and artwork to manufacture fraudulent packaging

Product Fraud: Requirements in IFS PACsecure 1.1

In order to help prevent the issues listed above, Version 1.1 has an entirely new section dedicated to the prevention of product fraud. It contains three main requirements:

  • A documented product fraud vulnerability assessment shall be undertaken on all raw materials (raw materials, additives, inks, adhesives, solvents, wrapping, materials, rework), product formula /configuration, processes (including outsourced) packaging and labelling, to determine the risk of fraudulent activity in relation to substitution, mislabelling, adulteration or counterfeiting. The criteria considered within the vulnerability assessment shall be defined.
  • A documented product fraud mitigation plan shall be developed, with reference to the vulnerability assessment, and implemented to control any identified risk. The methods of control and monitoring shall be defined and implemented.
  • In the event of increased risks, the vulnerability assessment and mitigation plan shall be reviewed and amended accordingly. Otherwise all the vulnerability assessments, shall be reviewed at least annually.

Unannounced Audits

The IFS Food unannounced audit scheme is voluntary. Certified sites that wish to opt into the unannounced scheme need to notify their certification body before the start of the audit time window. The audit will then be conducted at a random point within the time window, which spans from 16 weeks before the due date until two weeks after.

Certified sites have the option to define certain dates where an audit is not possible, with a maximum of ten operating days, plus the periods where the site is not operational. The unannounced are not additional to the regular audits, but rather replace them. This also means that they cover all requirements of the IFS PACsecure Standard.

Registering for unannounced audits will be possible from July 2018 onwards.

Timeline & Transition Period

In terms of the timeline for the transition, we can distinguish three periods:

  • Before July 2, 2018: Version 1 remains in force. Audits according to Version 1.1 are not possible yet.
  • From July 2 to August 31, 2018: Sites can choose whether they are audited to Version 1 or Version 1.1.
  • From September 1, 2018 onwards: All audits are conducted according to Version 1.1.

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