ISO 14001 is an international certification for evaluating how well an organization manages its environmental responsibilities. When you are ISO 14001 certified, you demonstrate to your customers that you manage your environmental duties in a responsible manner and so reduce the risk of breaking the law and potentially being liable for large fines. Also, many customers now require their suppliers to be certified in accordance with ISO 14001 environmental management system. The major benefit that ISO 14001 certification brings to most businesses is a significant competitive edge over their rivals.

A combination of ISO standards is possible. The structures of the ISO standards: ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 are identical to each other and allow you to integrate the ISO standards into one integrated management system (IMS). The audit can be carried out combined, leading to greater efficiency and effectiveness.

What are the benefits of QMS International?

  • QMS International offers the possibility of certification within 45 days;
  • It applies a pragmatic and standards-based approach;
  • An independent and ethical attitude;
  • Qualified auditors for several ISO-standards with excellent knowledge of the industry and standard(s);
  • Non-bureaucratic approach towards our customers;
  • No unexpected costs and delays;
  • Extensive worldwide experience with management systems

What is the impact of the new ISO 14001:2015?

The ISO:2004/ 2009 has been revised in September 2015. Naturally, you will be wondering what this means for your organization, what changes should be implemented, and what you should take into consideration. In addition, we will inform you of the transitional period as determined by the IAF (International Accreditation Forum) and the ISO committee.

What are the biggest changes?

First, this is the High Level Structure (HLS). The idea behind the HLS is that the previous management system standards had a large amount of corresponding basic requirements. These requirements have now been merged and are all exactly the same, making the integration of different standards a lot easier. The HLS can be seen as the heart and motor of a well-integrated system. The High Level Structure itself will have no impact on your ISO 14001 system. If you are certified to multiple standards, you can easily integrate these with each other. This saves you a lot of time and QMS International can audit the integrated standard.

The following 10 chapters are covered by the High Level Structure:

  1. Purpose and scope
  2. Normative references
  3. Terms and definitions
  4. Context of the organization
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Execution
  9. Evaluation of performance
  10. Improvement

What else has changed?

The new ISO 14001 will be more oriented towards environmental aspects of value chains and thus follow the trend to not only emphasize the environmental impacts of business activities but also the processes and the life cycle of products and services. Companies often find themselves in dynamic environments with the new challenges. The new ISO 14001 will provide more flexibility. The risks and opportunities associated with environmental impacts are just as important as the monitoring of environmental services along the value chain.

Objectives for the new ISO 14001:2015:

  • Improving the link between the environment and business priorities
  • Greater transparency and accountability in environmental management
  • Emphasizing positive contributions of standards for environmental management
  • Explanation of the requirements for improving the environmental performance
  • Strengthening the link between environmental management and the core activities at a strategic level
  • Highlighting the LCA concept (Life Cycle Assessment) and the observance of the value chain with a view to identifying and assessing environmental impact of products
  • Recording a request for the creation of external communication

What does this mean for your existing ISO 14001:2004 certificate?

The transitional period starts in September 2015 and ends in September 2018. After September 2018, certificates based on ISO 14001:2004 will no longer be valid. The IAF (International Accreditation Forum) and ISO commission have prepared the following transitional schedule: As of March 2017, accredited certification may only take place with ISO 14001:2015. Between September 2015 and March 2017, an organization may choose to obtain a new certificate against the old version of the standard. However, the validity of such a certificate expires in September 2018.

What are the benefits of QMS International?

  • QMS International offers the possibility of certification within 45 days;
  • It applies a pragmatic and standards-based approach;
  • An independent and ethical attitude;
  • Qualified auditors for several ISO-standards with excellent knowledge of the industry and standard(s);
  • Non-bureaucratic approach towards our customers;
  • No unexpected costs and delays;
  • Extensive worldwide experience with management systems.

The following EA-codes covered by the DAkkS accreditation:
ISO / IEC 17021: 2015 – ISO 14001 – EA code: 17/2, 18, 28, 29/1, 33, 34/1, 34/1, 35 and 39.