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The publication of ISO 14001:2015 in September 2015 is the final stage in the revision process of the standard. This version replaces ISO 14001:2004, though there is a three-year transition period.

There is a new requirement to understand the context of an organization when determining external and internal issues relating to its activities and the environment. Actions to address these issues within the Environmental Management System (EMS) are also required.

The following emerging changes are identified as a result of the revision of the standard:

  • Strategic environmental management
  • Leadership
  • Protecting the environment
  • Environmental performance
  • Life cycle thinking
  • Communication
  • Documentation

Read to understand how these changes in the latest version affect the improvement of the environmental performance, rather than the management system.


ISO 14001: 2004 Transition

Organizations already certified to ISO 14001:2004 have three years from publication of the new version in which to transfer. This transition period ends in September 2018.

How can SGS help?

We provide training courses to help you understand the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 and risk-based thinking. We are the first professional learning and development organization to offer one-day courses as an IRCA Approved CPD.

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ISO 14001:2015 Foundation Course click
ISO 14001:2015 Internal Auditor Course
ISO 14001:2015 Auditor/Lead Auditor Training Course
ISO 14001:2015 Auditor Transition Course
ISO 14001:2015 Implementation & Documentation Course

Our experts can carry out a gap analysis against the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 to make the transition smooth and transparent. This exercise will provide your organization with structured assistance to highlight the extent to which existing systems and controls cover the requirements of ISO 14001:2015, or to identify an implementation action plan, where needed.

SGS will be offering ISO 14001:2015 certification to both new and existing clients.

Contact us today and start the ISO 14001 transition process.

For more information, please visit ISO 14001:2015 REVISION or contact:

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