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On August 25, 2015,  SAAS with notification 4 A outlined the new revised timeline and process for organizations to transition to SA8000:2014®.

The new transition period will start from January 1, 2016 till June 30, 2017 according the following deadlines which are applicable for organizations that are currently certified to SA8000:2008®  as well as organizations seeking initial certification to SA8000:2014®.

Beginning  April 1,  2016,  all SA8000 initial certification audits of new clients shall be to SA8000:2014® and shall include an evaluation of the organization using Social Fingerprint  and independent evaluation by the Certification Body

Clients currently certified to SA8000:2008®  will have to transition to SA8000:2014®  by June 30, 2017. In order to transition to SA8000:2014®, clients  shall complete a transition audit  to the requirements of SA8000:2014 (including an evaluation of the organization using Social Fingerprint and independent evaluation by the Certification Body)

After June 30, 2017 all SA8000:2008® certificates shall be invalid.

Beginning January 1, 2016, Certification Bodies may begin conducting SA8000:2014® audits provided they have received a document review and approval from SAAS

SAI has extended the deadline for completing the SA8000:2014 transition process.

  • Client must complete the Social Fingerprint® Self-Assessment by June 30th, 2017
  • Client must complete the Transition Audit by September 30th, 2017
  • All remaining SA8000:2008 certificates must be transitioned by December 31st, 2017 (deadline for  follow up audits to close Major NCs and technical review and certification decision  of transition jobs )

CB clients failing to meet the above deadlines and complete their upgrade to SA8000:2014 by the end of December shall have their SA8000:2008 certificates withdrawn no later than January 1, 2018. Such former clients seeking SA8000 recognition after that date shall be required to recommence the CB’s SA8000 application and certification process as a ‘new applicant’.

For further  information about new SA8000:2014 Standard requirements, SAAS Normative documents  and related Guidance and Reference Documents please consult SAI website at following link :


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