On August 25, 2015, the Social Accountability Accreditation Service (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.
For further information about the new SA8000:2014 Standard requirements, SAAS Normative documents and related guidance and reference documents please consult the Social Accountability International (SAI) website.