New Revision of ISO 14001 Released
ISO 14001, Environmental Management Systems Requirements, has been revised. The new standard ISO 14001:2015 has been published.
Businesses that are currently registered to ISO 14001:2004 that wish to maintain certification have to make the transition.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where can I purchase the latest version of the standard?
How long will ISO 14001:2004 be recognized?
The ISO 14001:2004 standard will be accepted until the end of the three year transition period.
That said, Registration auditors will only issue ISO 14001:2004 certificates to newly established Environmental Management Systems for one year after ISO 14001:2015 is released.
Surveillance audits for companies that have already been certified to ISO 14001:2004 will be audited to the 2008 version of the standard during the three year transition period.
After the three year transition, all certified companies must comply with ISO 14001:2015.
What the differences between ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 14001:2004?
Increased prominence of environmental management within the organization's strategic planning processes
Greater focus on leadership
Addition of proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, such as sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation
Improving environmental performance added
Lifecycle thinking when considering environmental aspects
Addition of a communications strategy
WCH has provided a video at the top of this page that provides additional information about the new revision.