The ISO 14001 standard is being revised.
The revision is scheduled to be published as a final standard in September 2015.
The changes to the ISO 14001 standard will be extensive. The overall structure of the standard has changed and new terminology is being used. In addition, new requirements have been added and existing requirements have been expanded and made more complex.
Every clause of the standard has changed.
If your organization is currently certified to ISO 14001:2004, you may be asking yourself –
You may have heard the controversy about the impact of the new Annex SL requirements. It is an interesting debate, but what you want to know is –
What do the changes mean to me?
In addition, you probably have top management asking you –
What is it going to cost to stay ISO 14001 certified?
The purpose of this website is to provide answers.
On this site you will find expert information about the revision of the ISO 14001 standard – including a discussion of the Transition Steps you will need to take and a discussion of the likely impacts on EMS Certification. You also have an opportunity to ask questions about the revision and to review answers to questions posed by others who are concerned about what the revision of ISO 14001 will mean to them.
If you want more in-depth information, the ENLAR ISO 14001 Transition Assessment Tool provides a detailed analysis of the ten most significant impacts of the ISO 14001 revision.
This tool will walk you through the proposed changes to ISO 14001 so you can evaluate the potential impacts to your environmental management system and the resources that will be needed to make the changes required.
You don’t need to make changes yet – but you do need to start making plans.
According to the ISO website, once the standard is finalized, organizations that are already third-party certified will have three years to make the transition to ISO 14001:2015. The fact this transition period is so long is a reflection of the magnitude of the changes that have been made in the standard. Some of the changes will likely require fundamental changes to your existing business processes and a significant investment of time and money.
For many organizations, the time to start making plans for the transition is today.
Want to know more about the ten most significant impacts of the revision? Click here.
Page last updated 07/23/2015