ISO 14001 environmental management revision is underway
ISO 14001, the world’s most popular standard for environmental management, is now under review, with an update version due to be available in early 2015.
Over 250,000 organizations are certified to ISO 14001 and while it continues to be as relevant as ever, the revision will take into consideration a number of issues to ensure organizations are able to grow in a sustainable way.
Two significant actions
The revision has been written using the new high level structure which is common to all new management systems standards. This will allow easy integration when implementing more than one management system.
The second action comes from the ‘Future Challenges for EMS Study Group’ which evaluated the potential implications of evolving stakeholder expectations and new developments in environmental management systems. The study group analysed eleven key themes along with the obstacles and opportunities to increase uptake of ISO 14001 in small organizations to control environmental impact in the supply chain, engage stakeholders, and communicate externally.
What happens next?
The draft standard is estimated to be available in early 2014. This will be your opportunity to comment on and help shape the standard. The final revised standard should be available early 2015. BSI will keep you updated with progress on the revision and let you know when you have an opportunity to comment.
How can I get involved?
Join our ISO 14001 Revision LinkedIn Group - an open forum dedicated to the latest information about the revision.