ISO 14001 Certification

  • Become environmentally friendly
  • Reduces waste and improve your image

British Assessment Bureau is the UK’s number one choice for ISO 14001 Certification.

Since 1969 we have provided our clients with an award-winning service based on confidence and trust.

Our UKAS accreditation is a key part of the confidence we can guarantee our clients. Our accredited ISO 14001 certificates all come with the coveted ‘Crown & Tick’ mark, underlining the security that only comes from Government-backed certification

Benefits of certification Benefits of certification

ISO 14001 is a tried and tested approach to demonstrate your commitment to reducing your environmental impact. It helps reduce waste and costs, whilst increasing profits.

  • Demonstrate environmental credentials
  • Reduce costs, overheads and wastage
  • Win more business
  • Focus on proactive management
  • Impress existing clients
  • Employee engagement
  • Achieve operational excellence
  • Ensure legislative awareness and compliance

The Process The Process

Are you new to ISO 14001? No problem! We take 1,000s of organisations through the certification process each year.


We know you’ll want to feel prepared, so your Assessor will be in touch to introduce themselves and gain an understanding of your organisation so that you get the most out of your first assessment.


The aim of the ‘Stage 1 Assessment’ is to establish your current position so that you create an effective Environmental Management System, suitable to meet the requirements of ISO 14001.

Whilst we’re not permitted to provide consultancy – so that we maintain impartiality – the unique template toolkit we have developed makes certification achievable with no previous experience.


When you confirm everything is in place, a date is booked for your ‘Stage 2 Assessment’ with your Assessor.

Whilst your Assessor can recommend you for certification, the audit report must be reviewed by our compliance team before your certificate and logo is officially issued. We’re then on hand to help you shout about achievement to the world!


The reason certification to ISO standards is so respected is that there is a requirement to commit to continuously improving environmental performance. Every year, you must be re-assessed to demonstrate you still comply.

We’ll be in touch in good time to provide you with a quotation, which will be less than half of the cost to achieve initial certification.




Cost Cost

The cost of your ISO 14001 certification will be quoted on a fixed fee basis, reducing your worry about additional costs.


The cost of certification is ultimately determined by factors such as the organisation’s total size, the sector it’s in, and the number of locations they operate from. Regardless of your size, we always provide a fixed fee with no hidden costs to worry about. To make budgeting your ISO requirements a little easier, we offer a monthly payment plan as standard to all registered companies, charities and organisations*. If this option is taken an initial payment of only 20% is required with the balance payable over 10 monthly direct debit payments. Alternatively, if you wish to pay the full fee up front a 10% discount will be applied.

*Credit check is not required subject to confirmation of company registration, minimum 6 months trading history and self-certification of solvency. This option is not available to sole traders due to consumer regulations.


So you can take immediate advantage, we can provide a Letter of Commitment once you begin the process. You’ll be introduced to your Assessor who is with you throughout the process, together with your Account Manager. With our free template toolkits and online training, this approach has allowed 1,000s achieve hassle-free certification in just a few months.

Success Stories Success Stories

Keep Scotland Beautiful

ISO 14001:2015

  • Became a beacon of sustainability in Scotland
  • Helps to work with stakeholders, suppliers and partners
  • Successfully awarded certification in just 8 weeks

"The ISO 14001:2015 implementation process was clear and communicated well from all BAB representatives through emailed documents and telephone calls. Any queries we had were answered fully, and in good time.”

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Base Interiors

ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001

  • Demonstrates professional processes are in place
  • Enables accurate monitoring of the business
  • Boosted efficiency and productivity

“Initially the British Assessment Bureau were competitive, but it soon became apparent that they are a market leader in their industry. We’ve felt that we’ve been in safe hands throughout the certification process with them.”

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If you have any further questions about anything ISO 14001 related, check out our FAQs:

  • ISO has updated the core requirements for ISO 14001 with the 2015 revisions of the standard. ISO 14001:2008 certificate holders have three years to transition to the new standard. Call our award-winning team on 0800 404 7007 to find out how to get certified to the latest standard.

  • As of 15th September 2018 ISO 14001:2008 certificates will no longer be valid.

  • Of course. Just give our customer services team a call on 0800 404 7007 and we can give you a quotation.

  • This depends on how many ISO standards you are trying to achieve. On average, it takes our clients 3 – 6 months to get certified.

  • We’d love to help with consultancy, but as a certification company we’re not allowed to because there would be a conflict of interest if we were to certify the work we had done for you.

  • You don’t have to use a consultant to achieve certification. In fact, most of our clients don’t use one. But if you’d like to use a consultant, that’s absolutely fine. If you need help in locating an ISO consultant we’d be happy to help - just give us a call on 0800 404 7007.

  • Most of our clients have no prior experience of ISO, nor anything in place before they started on their journey. ISO standards aren’t intended to change the way your organisation does things: merely benchmark against the recognised best practice. In reality, most organisations are doing lots of good things already; they just need formalising.

Why is ISO 14001 so popular? Why is ISO 14001 so popular?

There’s no doubt that many businesses choose to become ISO 14001 certified, but many more are forced to achieve certification in order to access new work, or retain existing business. The certification also improves internal processes, creates more efficient systems, and reduces costs and waste.

  • Our clients tell us ISO 14001 helps them win new business, it's a mandatory requirement on many tendersOur clients tell us ISO 14001 helps them win new business, it's a mandatory requirement on many tenders
  • ISO 14001 aligns a company with environmental best practice, this boosts the company imageISO 14001 aligns a company with environmental best practice, this boosts the company image
  • Waste is expensive, our clients tell us ISO 14001 has saved them money streamlining processes and cutting costsWaste is expensive, our clients tell us ISO 14001 has saved them money streamlining processes and cutting costs

Why choose ISO 14001? Why choose ISO 14001?

Because of the demand for ISO 14001 by central government and local authorities, it’s unsurprising that most organisations want to implement ISO 14001 because it gives them a greater chance of winning tenders for contracts. In fact, some organisations say they simply would not have been eligible to tender without it.

Why choose ISO 14001?

10 reasons to get certified 10 reasons to get certified

Still undecided on the 14001 certification? Here are 10 great reasons to move ahead with the process and become a certified business:

  • Increase business and open up more contracts to tender for
  • Hold a clear competitive advantage over your rivals
  • Reduce waste and increase business efficiency
  • Reduce operational costs for your company
  • Improve your corporate image from an environmental standpoint
  • Become a greener business in the eyes of your customers
  • Achieve environmental commitments and policy requirements
  • Increase employee engagement in the knowledge of eco-friendly practices
  • Attract new business partnerships
  • Receive a nationally recognised certificate

How long does certification take? How long does certification take?

The ISO 14001 certification can take longer depending on the size of the organisation. In order to be successful, a designated representative should take responsibility within your company. However, this doesn’t mean you have to appoint a designated ‘Environmental Manager’ - just someone who is seen as the main coordinator would usually be sufficient.

  • On the first visit, many of our clients are surprised at what processes they already have in place.On the first visit, many of our clients are surprised at what processes they already have in place.
  • For most organisations, the process will take 3-6 months from first visit to the award of certification.For most organisations, the process will take 3-6 months from first visit to the award of certification.
  • We're patient with our clients, we won't charge you extra if you end up taking a little longer.We're patient with our clients, we won't charge you extra if you end up taking a little longer.

ISO 14001 History ISO 14001 History

ISO 14001 is a series of international standards on environmental management. It provides a framework for the development of an environmental management system and the supporting audit programme. Here is a brief history of the ISO 14001 to date, from its early beginnings to the current format.


Due to rapid acceptance of ISO 9000 and increase of environmental standards around the world, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) assessed the need for international environmental management standards. They formed the Strategic Advisory Group on the Environment (SAGE), to consider whether such standards could serve to:


  1. Promote a common approach to environmental management similar to quality management
  2. Enhance organisations’ ability to attain and measure improvements in environmental performance
  3. Facilitate trade and remove trade barriers.

The ISO 14001 series emerged as a result of the Uruguay round of the GATT negotiations and the Rio Summit on the Environment. SAGE’s recommendations created a new committee, TC 207, for international environmental management standards. This committee and its sub-committees included representatives from industry, standards organisations, government and environmental organisations from many countries.


Standards covered:

  1. Environmental management systems
  2. Environmental auditing
  3. Environmental performance evaluation
  4. Environmental labelling
  5. Life-cycle assessment
  6. Environmental aspects in product standards

ISO 14001 was first published as a standard. It specifies the actual requirements for an environmental management system and applies to those environmental aspects over which an organisation has control and where it can be expected to have an influence.


Seen as the cornerstone standard of the ISO 14000 series. Other standards in the ISO 14001 series are actually guidelines, many to help an organisation achieve registration to ISO 14001.


Latest version of ISO 14001 was published in September 2015, in line with ISO’s commitment to review their standards regularly and ensure they remain recognised as best practice. Update enhanced requirements covering leadership and communication. Introduction of new concepts such as lifecycle ‘cradle to grave’ thinking.

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