Environmental – ISO14001

What is ISO14001?

ISO14001 is the internationally recognised standard for environmental management. It requires that companies manage their operations with a view to minimising their environmental impact. The standard is applicable to any organisation, manufacturing or service, and is fast becoming a basic requirement for public and private organisations in their procurement processes.

ISO14001 is fully compatible with other management system standards including ISO9001 and OHSAS18001.

Why implement ISO14001?

Implementing a certified ISO14001 system provides a range of benefits including:

  • provides assurance on environmental issues to external stakeholders such as customers, the community and regulators
  • potential savings in the costs of waste management and energy consumption
  • increased competitiveness amongst industry rivals
  • meets the requirements for public and private tenders
  • reduced potential for environmental liability and fines
  • helps ensure legislative compliance

How do we achieve certification?

Complete the Management Systems Certification application form and we will contact you to arrange a 2 stage audit of your systems. The first stage confirms that the key elements of the EMS are in place and the second stage involves a detailed audit of the EMS to ensure full compliance and companywide understanding of the system.

Transition Policy for ISO 14001:2015

(Environmental Management System)

Existing and new clients may only apply for certification to ISO14001:2015 after it is published (expected to be October 2015).

Following publication there will be a 3-year period of co-existence for ISO14001:2004 and ISO14001:2015. During this period of co-existence (up to October 2018) new and existing clients can be audited and certified as follows:

  • New clients opting for certification to ISO14001:2015 during this period will be issued with 3-year certificates following a successful audit.
  • New clients opting for certification to ISO14001:2004 may only do so up to March 2017. All certificates issued during this period up to March 2017 will have an expiry date of October 2018, regardless of the date of certification. In order to maintain certification after October 2018, clients will be required to undergo certification audits to ISO14001:2015, regardless of the date of their previous audit.
  • Already certified clients wishing to gain certification to ISO14001:2015 during this period will undergo certification audits to ISO14001:2015, regardless of their ISO14001:2004 certification cycle. Following the certification audit, successful clients will be issued with new 3-year certificates.

Already certified clients wishing to remain certified to ISO14001:2004 during the period of co-existence may do so, followed by certification audits to ISO14001:2015 prior to October 2018. However, already certified clients who have recertification dates after March 2017 will be required to undergo recertification audits to ISO14001:2015 i.e. no new certifications to ISO14001:2004 will be issued after March 2017.

Transition Policy for ISO 14001:2015

Following publication of ISO9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015, there will be a 3-year period of co-existence for ISO9001:2008/ISO9001:2015 and ISO14001:2004/ISO14001:2015. During this period of co-existence (up to September 15th, 2018) new and existing clients can be audited and certified as follows:

  • New clients opting for certification to ISO9001:2015 and/or ISO14001:2015 during this period will be issued with 3-year certificates following a successful audit.
  • New clients opting for certification to ISO9001:2008 and/or ISO14001:2004 may only do so up to March 15th, 2018. All certificates issued during this period up to March 2018 will have an expiry date of September 15, 2018, regardless of the date of certification. In order to maintain certification after September 15th, 2018, clients will be required to undergo certification audits to ISO9001:2015 and/or ISO14001:2015, regardless of the date of their previous audit.
  • Already certified clients wishing to gain certification to ISO9001:2015 and/or ISO14001:2015 during this period will undergo certification audits to ISO9001:2015 and/or ISO14001:2015, regardless of their existing certification cycle. Following the certification audit, successful clients will be issued with new 3-year certificates.
  • Already certified clients wishing to remain certified to ISO9001:2008 and/or ISO14001:2004 during the period of co-existence may do so, followed by certification audits to ISO14001:2015 prior to September 2018. However, already certified clients who have surveillance or recertification dates after March 15th, 2018 will be required to undergo recertification audits to ISO9001:2015 and/or ISO14001:2015.