ISO 14001 Environmental Management System

As being one of the mostly applied standards all aorund the world, ISO 14001 standard have been revised in 2015. The expiry date for transition to 2015 version, is September 2018.

New high level structure of ISO 14001 Standard, is based on Annex SL enabling all management systems to meet at the common framework. By virtue of established structure, all management system standards cover the same descriptions and titles.

By the way of new standard structure is perceived, organisation will find an opportunity to combine fundamental business processes with environmental management system and upper management will undertake more effective roles.

In case we review the general definition and objective of Environmental Management System; it is described as the management system used for management of Environmental Dimensions, implementation of conformity liabilities and statement of risk and opportunities.

It provide a framework to organisations in order to protect the environment and react environmental conditions varies depending on the balance with respect to socioeconomical requirements.

This standard, defines the principles to the organisations in order to reach aimed outputs obtained for their management system.

Why The Organisatios Require Iso 14001 Scheme And What Are The Advantages Of It?

Environmental management system is a tool in order to establish appropriate and sufficient policy and procedure ensure the environmental management system requirements are corresponded and environmental objectives & targets are described and obtain continuous environmental performance.

  • Ensure the compliance of organisation with legal provisions increases.
  • Ensure that the negative effects of organisation on environment decreases.
  • Favors the effective usage of natural sources and it assist to lower the costs.
  • Favors the reputation and brand value of organisation.
  • Contributes to soften the blow of environmental conditions potential negative effects on the organisation.
  • Contribute to increase the environmental performance.

ISO 14001:2015, the new version of the standard has come into force as of September 2015.

A transition period of 3 years, until 2018, has been determined for the renewal of current certificates. The renewal of the certificates will be started once the accreditation chain for ISO 14001:2015 is completed.

Until the accreditation chain is completed, certification bodies will continue to issue certificates on ISO 14001:2005 version. Once it is completed, certificates will start to be issued in accordance with ISO 14001:2015.

You should acquire the ISO 14001:2015 standard. Then you should revise your Environment Management System in line with the new ISO 14001:2015 standard / You should set up and implement your Environment Management System according to the requirements of the new standard.

ISO 14001 standard has been revised as of September 2015. If you want to continue to use your certificate, you have to complete the transition period latest by 2018.

Standards have a lifetime and need to be updated in line with emerging situations. ISO 14001 standard was also updated in 2015 as it had been in 1997 and 2005, and was published as ISO 14001:2015. Organizations that want to certify their Environment Management System or renew their existing document should complete the transition period to the ISO 14001:2015 version latest by 2018.

ISO 14001:2005 standard consisted of 8 main clauses, whereas ISO 14001:2015 consists of 10. It has been prepared in accordance with the structure called High Level Structure which constitutes the basic fundamentals for all management system standards. Greater emphasis has been attributed to the environmental aspects of the Supplier Chain. The Standard imposes the requirement of evaluation of the environmental aspects of a product or service throughout its life cycle. A Risk Assessment should be made covering Threats and Opportunities as well. Annex SL has been included to ensure compliance with future standards. If you want to get more detailed information, you can attend ISO 14001:2015 trainings to be organized by our Training Department.

SZUTEST will continue to conduct audits of your systems with its expert Environmental Management System auditors. Throughout the transition period, we will inform you about ISO 14001:2015 version through e-mails, newsletters, our website, brochures, public trainings, online trainings and so on. You can have up-to-date and accurate information on ISO 14001: 2015 version easily by participating in our public training sessions or online trainings delivered by our qualified trainers.


  • 0 Introduction
    0.1 Background
    0.2 Aim of an environmental management system
    0.3 Success factors
    0.4 Plan-Do-Check-Act model
    0.5 Contents of the International Standard
    1 Scope
  • 2 Normative References
  • 3 Terms and Definitions
    3.1 Terms related to organization and leadership
    3.2 Terms related to planning
    3.3 Terms related to support and operation
    3.4 Terms related to performance evaluation and improvement
  • 4 Context of the Organization
    4.1 Understanding the organization and its context
    4.2 Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties
    4.3 Determining the scope of the environmental management system
    4.4 Environmental management system
  • 5 Leadership
    5.1 Leadership and commitment
    5.2 Environmental policy
    5.3 Organizational roles, responsibiities and authorities
  • 6 Planning
    6.1 Actions to address risks and opportunities
    6.1.1 General
    6.1.2 Environmental aspects
    6.1.3 Compliance obligations
    6.1.4 Planning action
    6.2 Environmental objectives and planning to achieve them
    6.2.1 Environmental objectives
    6.2.2 Planning actions to achieve environmental objectives
  • 7 Support
    7.1 Resources
    7.2 Competence
    7.3 Awareness
    7.4 Communication
    7.4.1 General
    7.4.2 Internal communication
    7.4.3 External communication
    7.5 Documented information
    7.5.1 General
    7.5.2 Creating and updating
    7.5.3 Control of documented information
  • 8 Operation
    8.1 Operational planning and control
    8.2 Emergency preparedness and response
  • 9 Performance evaluation
    9.1.Monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation
    9.1.1 General
    9.1.2 Evalıation of compliance
    9.2 Internal audit
    9.2.1 General
    9.2.2 Internal audit programme
    9.3 Management review
  • 10 Improvement
    10.1 General
    10.2 Nonconformity and corrective action
    10.3 Continual improvement

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