ISO 14001:2015 Revision

ISO 14001:2015 Revision


  • Date: Friday 4th March 2016

Why was ISO 14001 revised

All ISO standards are reviewed every five years in order to keep them current and relevant. ISO 14001:2015 is designed to respond to latest trends and ensure it is compatible with other management system standards available. The revision was conducted by an ISO technical committee comprised of experts nominated by their National Standards Bodies and liaison organisations.

Key Changes

  •  Increased prominence of environmental management within an organisation's strategic planning processes
  • Greater focus on leadership
  • Addition of proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, such as sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation
  • Improving environmental performance added
  • Lifecycle thinking when considering environmental hazards
  • Addition of a communications strategy

In addition, the revised standard follows a common structure, with the same terms and definitions as a number of other management system standards such as ISO 9001. This makes separate standards easier to integrate.

Organisations are granted a three-year transition period after the revision has been published to migrate their environmental management system to the new edition of the standard. After this transition period, companies that opt for third party certification will have to seek certification to the new version.

If you require any information regarding the transition, or aligning your systems to the revised standard please contact SSG.


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