Countdown to ISO 14001:2015

02/07/2014

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Snapping at the heels of ISO 9001:2015’s development, it has been announced that a Draft International Standard (DIS) is now available, keeping the revision’s development on schedule for the finished standard being ready in mid-2015.

Who is responsible for the standard’s revision?

Each one of ISO’s standards has a Technical Committee responsible for its ongoing development. ISO 14001 falls under the remit of TC 207/SC 1, who look after all environmental management system standards, of which there are 68 countries involved.

In the UK, the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) gathered feedback from their 15,000 members, with comments being fed back to TC 207/SC 1. With the DIS being issued as a result, there is now a public comment period of three months.

Once these further comments are reviewed, we will have a clear picture of what ISO 14001:2015 will look like when published in 2015.

What will be the changes in ISO 14001:2015?

As with other ISO 9001 and other standard revisions, there will be a three year transition period for those with certification in place already. In 2015, we will also be running a workshop for existing clients to help explain how the transition will work.

Previously, we have shared that ISO 14001:2015 will use the Annex SL structure; effectively meaning the same headings and terminology will be used across ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and ISO 27001. This greater continuity is good news for any organisation with multiple standards in place.

The new revision is intended to deliver an updated, best practice standard which is relevant for the next 10 years.  When it comes to requirements, things to be aware of include:

  • Strengthened requirements on the involvement of top management
  • Integration of environmental management into core processes and strategy
  • A greater focus on the adaptation required for environmental conditions (e.g. climate change)
  • Greater consideration for the life cycle impact of your services or products, incorporating your supply chain
  • Greater emphasis on internal and external communication

The requirements are designed to help environmental management to become ingrained into the culture of the organisation, which will help buy-in and ongoing engagement.

ISO 14001:2015 revision timetable

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