ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Revision

ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Revision

The revision of ISO 14001, one of ISO’s most widely used standards, is entering its last stage, with the new version due to be published by the beginning of October 2015.

Why is ISO 14001 being revised?

All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to establish if a revision is required in order to keep it current and relevant for the marketplace. The future ISO 14001:2015 will respond to latest trends and ensure it is compatible with other management system standards.

What will be the main changes to the standard?

The key changes relate to:

  • 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

In addition, the revised standard will follow a common structure (High Level Structure, HLS), with the same terms and definitions as a number of other management system standards such as ISO 9001. This makes them easier, cheaper and quicker for those companies who use more than one, not to mention helping out the auditors.

How do I find out more?

The final draft version of ISO 14001:2015 is available for purchase beginning of July. You can contact NBN for more information about how the revision is proceeding in your country.