SERI is working on a transition timeline for implementation of the R2v3 Standard. While it is difficult to give precise timelines until the final standard is released, we would like to share the plan we are considering. Please note this is subject to change.
Deadline for companies pursuing certification to the old R2:2013 Standard – Once R2v3 is released, organizations in the process of certifying to the old R2:2013 version will have no more than 6 months to finish the registration audit (Stage 2). After the six-month deadline, Certification Bodies will no longer be permitted to conduct R2:2013 registration audits for certifications.
Transition timeline for currently certified R2:2013 facilities – R2:2013 Certificates that expire within the first 12 months after the release of the new R2v3 Standard may be recertified to R2:2013, however, the expiration date on the certificate can be no later than December 31, 2022. Any R2:2013 certificate that expires AFTER the 12-month period will be required to be upgraded to the new R2v3 Standard.
Final transition deadline for R2:2013 certificates– No R2:2013 certificates will be issued with an expiration date beyond the final transition deadline of December 31, 2022. All R2:2013 Certificates will expire on or before this date.
Staggered transition plan provides R2 certified facilities a minimum of one year to plan for and transition expiring certificates to R2v3. It will take a few years for all expiring R2 certificates to cycle through and transition to R2v3. Linking transition deadlines to the expiration date on R2:2013 certificates is intended to balance the workload for the certification bodies and avoid an overload of facilities trying to transition at the last minute. It will also maintain consistency with the 3-year cycle f9r the required EH&S certifications as well. R2:2013 Certified facilities may transition to R2v3 prior to the expiration date on their R2:2013 certificate depending on the availability of auditors and the agreement of their Certification Body.
SERI is actively planning training for certification body auditors, internal auditors, and consultants ahead of the final release to prepare critical resources for the transition. Details will be released soon.