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The long awaited revision of the world’s most prevalent standard for environmental management has now been published.

What are the changes?

The new version follows a new higher level structure that is aligned with other management system standards – the key changes revolve around the increased importance given to business risk.

All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to establish if a revision is required to keep it current and relevant to the marketplace.

The ISO 14001:2015 revision contains key improvements that include:

  • A greater commitment from leadership
  • An increased alignment with strategic direction
  • Greater protection for the environment, with a focus on proactive initiatives
  • More effective communication, driven through a communications strategy
  • Life-cycle thinking, considering each stage of a product or service, from development to end-of-life

Commenting on the publication, Martin Smith, CEO of Alcumus said: “ISO 14001 has been a key business sustainability tool for thousands of our clients for many years. I am confident that the improvements in the revised standard will continue to add value to them in their quest to continually improve their environmental impacts.”

Transition arrangements for current clients

Although the standard has only just been published, Alcumus ISOQAR have been working behind the scenes for to become one of only a handful of certification bodies who are working with UKAS on an ‘early adopter scheme’.  This means we are well advanced in the transition process and expect to receive formal accreditation imminently.

Martin Smith continues: “Being an early adopter to ISO 14001:2015 is a tribute to the professionalism, technical competency and commitment of our technical and auditing teams. Importantly, we are well positioned to support our clients through the transition process.

There are a host of ways in which Alcumus ISOQAR can help you with the transition to the new standard.  Click on the links below:

If you are certified to this standard with another certification body, why not find out more about transferring your certification to us free of charge? For more information, call us on 0161 865 3699.