ISO 45001 Migration Date

ISO 45001 Migration Date

There has been a number of queries around the transition timeline for ISO 45001:2018 and the validity of AS/NZS 4801:2001.  

IAF MD 21:2018 was specifically concerned with the migration of certifications from OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001:2018 recognising that some countries had other OHS standards which were applicable.  The IAF, OHSAS Project Group and the ISO had agreed to a three-year migration period from the publication date of 12 March 2018 and now 12 September 2021 due to COVID-19 for the purpose of harmonising AB and CB transitions.

Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand have adopted ISO 45001:2018 and re-issued it as AS/NZS 45001:2018.  AS/NZS 4801:2001 has been listed as superseded by both Standards organisations.  

There are situations where AS/NZ 4801:2001 is still called up in legislation/regulation and it will continue to be recognised for those schemes e.g. e-waste, CAAR until the regulator/scheme owner amends its requirements.

Organisations that are certified to AS/NZS 4801:2001 and are not affected by regulatory lags should migrate to ISO 45001:2018 (AS/NZS 45001:2018) by the 12 September 2021.  

JAS-ANZ will issue an amended policy to address this.

Any queries please contact HHS [at]

Updated 25/09/2020