ISO 14001 is Being Revised
The ISO 14001 standard for Environmental Management Systems is in the process of being revised
We’ll have a series of updates and articles through the next few issues, starting here with a general introduction to the key points:
The existing ISO 14001:2004 standard was finalized in 2004, and Environmental thinking has come a long way in the past decade. All standards need to be revised periodically, to ensure that they are in line with current thinking, and that they take advantage of today’s knowledge, technology and practices.
The ISO environmental committees have been working on a revised standard for the past couple of years. The entire process typically takes 3 years and progresses through a series of stages.
The DIS (Draft International Standard) is scheduled for a vote in May 2015 and publication planned for July 2015. Companies that are certified in accordance with ISO 14001:2004 will presumably have three years to bring their environmental management system up to date with ISO 14001:2015. Ultimately, at the end of July 2018 all certificates in accordance with ISO 14001:2004 will become invalid and withdrawn.
Stay tuned for the next issue of the Health, Safety & Environment Review for more details on the revised structure and content of the draft standard…
What can you start to do NOW to help your organization get ready for ISO 9001:2015?
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