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Acceding to request from various certification bodies (CBs) and certified organizations (clients) across India, Social Accountability International (SAI) has now extended the transition deadline of 2014 version of the SA8000 Standard.

The revised deadlines for completing the various SA8000:2014 transition processes are as follows:

  • Completion of  the Social Fingerprint® Self-Assessment by June 30, 2017
  • Completion of the Transition Audit by September 30, 2017

Asserting on the importance of meeting these deadlines, SAI notifies that all CB clients failing to meet the above deadlines and completing their upgrade to SA8000:2014 by the end of December 2017 shall be liable for suspension or withdrawal of their SA8000:2008 certificates no later than January 1, 2018. Former clients seeking SA8000 recognition after the aforementioned timelines shall be required to recommence the CB’s SA8000 application and certification process as a ‘new applicant’.

In accordance with the above notification, SGS has already initiated transition to the SA 8000: 2014 for its clients.