ISO 14001 Draft International Standard out!

Update: ISO 14001:2015 is out

ISO 14001, Environmental Management Systems, is being revised in accordance to the 5 year review cycle of its publisher, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). For those currently using ISO 14001:2004 and its 2009 Corrigendum, this new revision will present some changes and there will be a three year transition period for current users to recertify in the new standard once it is released. Prior to its release, the revision process encourages input from those with relevant expertise and experience. If you would like to get involved, please contact ANSI regarding ISO 14001 ISO/TC (technical committee) 207/SC (subcommittee) 1. The final version of ISO 14001 is on schedule to be released by the end of 2015.

The key changes in ISO/DIS 14001 are summarized as follows:

  • An increased prioritization on environmental management as part of the organization’s overall planning process allows the organization to act earlier and more effectively.
  • Similarly, assigning responsibilities to members of the organization’s leadership aligns with the previous change by making sure that somebody is devoting attention to the matter.
  • Proactive initiatives to protect the environment are promoted, further feeding into the first change
  • A shift in emphasis from the improvement of the management system itself to the improvement of environmental performance.
  • Lifecycle consideration becomes an issue, with attention paid to sourcing, use, and end-of-life treatment or disposal.
  • Communication strategy development looks at both internal communication, with reliable information for updates and suggestions to be exchanged, and external communication, to the public or regulatory agencies.
  • Documentation changes address the progress of computer technology and the new options and opportunities allowed.
  • Annex SL is a new common structure shared by other ISO management standards, most notably the under-revision ISO/DIS 9001:2015, that seeks to align them to ease implementation of multiple management standards by a single organization.

ANSI is currently offering the current ISO 14001:2004 standard, the ISO 14001:2004/Cor1:2009 Corrigendum and the ISO/DIS 14001:2015 draft standard for sale in its webstore.

ANSI contact info for contributing to the development of ISO 14001:2015
TC 207/SC 1 — Environmental management systems
TAG Administrator:
American Society for Quality
Julie Sharp
600 N Plankinton Ave
P O Box 3005
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3005
Phone: (414) 272-8575 X7647
ANSI Staff Contact: Karen Hughes
Phone: (212) 642-4992

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