How many days will the certification body add for the ISO 45001 migration?

The answer to this will depend on the size of your organisation, the defined scope of the audit and on the type of activities you undertake, being of high or low risk.

Published guidance by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) however states in relation to ISO 45001 that:

“Where migration audits are carried out in conjunction with scheduled surveillance or recertification then a minimum of 1 auditor man-day is required to be added to cover existing and new requirements implied by ISO 45001:2018. Recognizing that each client and migration audit is unique and audit duration will be increased above the minimum as needed to sufficiently demonstrate conformity to ISO 45001:2018”

It is likely that your business will be undertaking your migration as part of your scheduled audit programme. If you are a low risk business with a relatively low number of staff, unfortunately an additional day is still likely to be added to your audit time. This is in line with IAF and therefore the UKAS requirements placed upon your certification bodies.

For businesses with higher risk activities, with between 20-60 staff, we have seen between 1.5 – 2 additional days being added to external audit plans.

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