ISO 14000 is a family of standards related to «Environmental Management» that aims to help organisations:
ISO 14000 is similar to ISO 9000 quality management, in what both pertain to the process of how a service or product is delivered / produced, rather than to the product or service quality itself.
As common practice with ISO 9000 auditing process, Swiss Approval International evaluation and certification for ISO 14001, is performed in a similar way according ISO 19011 audit standard, and when auditing is performed for both both management systems, 9000 and 14000, compliance at once is achieved.
ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an Environmental Management System (EMS). It does not state requirements for environmental performance, but maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective EMS. It can be used by any organization that wants to improve resource efficiency, reduce waste, and drive down costs. Using ISO 14001 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders, that environmental impact is being measured and improved.
ISO 14001 is known as a generic management system standard, meaning that it is relevant to any organization seeking to improve and manage resources more effectively. This includes:
The requirements of ISO 14001 are an integral part of the European Union‘s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). EMAS‘s structure and material requirements are more demanding, mainly concerning performance improvement, legal compliance, and reporting duties.
In 2010, the latest EMAS Regulation (EMAS III) entered into force; the scheme is now globally applicable, and includes key performance indicators and a range of further improvements.
ISO 14001‘s Environmental Management System requirements are very similar to those of EMAS. Additional requirements for EMAS include:
Swiss Approval International guarantees an accredited certification, giving to Organizations the suitable passport for International market, ensuring with accuracy and independency the principles and rules established by the standard ISO 14001.
EMAS certification is also possible, through affiliated authorized certification bodies.