Have you received a China ISO 45001 certificate and wondered what it is, if it is real and how to check it?
Replacing the previous standard OHSAS 18001 in 2018, this new international standard specifies the requirements for occupational health and safety.
The uptake of certification to this standard in China has been quick and many Chinese organizations are providing their clients with copies of their China ISO 45001 certificate. Learn more about it here.
What is a China ISO 45001 Certificate?
ISO 45001 certificates in China are issued to organizations by certification bodies to certify that their occupational health and safety management system meets the requirements of the standard.
The certificate varies in appearance depending on which certification body it was issued by, but note that certification bodies usually provide certified organizations with both a Chinese and English language version.
Below is an example of a China ISO 45001 certificate issued by the certification body CQC:
What Information is Contained in a China ISO 45001 Certificate?
From viewing a China ISO 45001 certificate it is possible to ascertain some detailed information about the certified organization, and significantly, the certification body that issued the certificate.
Determining whether or not the certificate is valid, relevant and issued by a certification body with a good reputation is critical to understanding the worth of the document.
The following information, at a minimum, about the certified organization should be included on a China ISO 45001 certificate:
- Certificate number
- Name of the organization
- Site addresses covered by the certification
- Standard number (ISO 45001) and revision year (2018)
- Scope of certification
- Issue date and expiry date
It should also be possible to ascertain the following information about the certification body:
- Certification body name
- Their logo
- Accreditation logos
- Accreditation numbers
Who Issues a China ISO 45001 Certificate?
The majority of China ISO 45001 certificates are issued by certification bodies which are accredited by CNAS (China National Accreditation Service), China’s member of the IAF (International Accreditation Forum).
The certification bodies accredited by CNAS include many domestic certification companies as well as a large number of familiar international names (BSI, TUV, BV, SAI etc.) which have operations in the country.
A China ISO 45001 certificate is issued after the company has been audited and found to meet requirements of the standard.
Unless you have resources to audit the facility yourself, it is important to make an evaluation about the reputation of the certification body in order to determine the value of the ISO 45001 certificate issued.
For extra reassurance it is worth figuring out whether or not the certification body also has overseas accreditation.
Who Uses the China ISO 45001 Certificate?
Chinese companies that have a strong awareness of the importance of a safe and healthy working environment will often choose to certify their Occupational Health and Safety Management System to ISO 45001.
Before the publication of ISO 45001 certification, a large number of Chinese companies already held OHSAS 18001 certification, which is in the process of being replaced by the new ISO 45001 certification.
Many multinational corporations require their suppliers in China and elsewhere to hold ISO 45001 certification, so that can also be a factor in why some Chinese companies hold this certificate.