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What is ISO 14000?
ISO 14000 is a series of international standards that deal with environmental issues.
Some key standards in the series are ISO 14001, which deals with environmental management
systems, and ISO 14010, which covers environmental auditing.
What's an environmental management system (EMS)?
According to ISO 14001, it's the part of an organization's overall management system
that deals with developing, implementing, achieving, reviewing, and maintaining the
organization's environmental policy. It includes the organizational structure, planning
activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes, and resources.
Why is it important?
Environmental concerns are at the forefront of corporate issues today. Having a documented
environmental management system helps ensure that your policies are effectively understood
and implemented, and that your environmental management system is an integral part
of your overall management system.
Who enforces ISO 14001?
Like other international standards (such as ISO 9001), ISO 14001 standards are voluntary
standards adopted by consensus of the world's standards organizations. Third-party
registration by an accredited agency certifies that your organization's management
system meets the environmental criteria.
What are the differences between ISO 9001 and ISO 14001?
With ISO 14001 an organization may elect to implement its ISO 14001 system as part
of an existing management system such as ISO 9001 and the standard includes a table
of comparisons between ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. Both include policy, management responsibility,
training, document and data control, records, corrective and preventive action, and
an internal audit program.
Can we integrate ISO 9001 QMS with ISO 14001 EMS?
Yes. Although subtle differences do exist, it is possible to integrate ISO 14001
EMS with ISO 9001. ISO 9001:2008 standards has greatly enhanced compatibility with
ISO 14001 standards.
Are companies becoming registered to ISO 14001 in the same way they are for ISO 9001?
Yes. Many registrars are certifying companies to ISO 14001. There are, however, different
requirements for being registered to ISO 14001, including environmental aspects and
What types of companies are getting registered to ISO 14001?
A variety of companies are focusing their attention on ISO 14001 environmental management
systems, primarily manufacturers in automotive, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and electronics,
as well as utilities, printing, metalworking, and many other organisations and government
agencies are showing an active interest in ISO 14001.
How we can help?
We have consultants to implement an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System with
you and guide you through the certification process.