ISO 14001 Revisions
Revisions to ISO 14001
As with all management system standards, ISO 14001 periodically goes through a comprehensive review process. The review process ensures that the standard continues to meet the needs and demands of interested parties for environmental management systems.
The main reasons for deferring the publication of the next version of the ISO 14001 standard include the changes it is to undergo. The first expert committee draft (CD1), published in March 2013, drew many comments from national committees, as regards both form and content (new structure, new requirements). The second expert committee draft (CD2) was published in November 2013.
Now after examining the comments, a Draft International Standard, ISO/DIS 14001:2014 has been released in July 2014.
- September to November 2014, vote on draft (DIS).
- March to April 2015, vote on final draft (FDIS)
- June 2015, publication of standard ISO 14001:2015
When comparing the current standard, the anticipated changes are more than those made at the last review in 2004. The new ISO 14001 will be modelled around Annex SL of ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1 in order to enhance compatibility and alignment with other ISO management system standards. The introduction of Annex SL, which establishes a consistent structure featuring 10 clauses as well as common terminology and definitions applicable to all ISO Management System Standards (MSS).
ISO/DIS 14001:2014 continues to lay emphasis on the balance between environmental, economic and social fronts (each one a pillar of sustainability) as essential elements to meet the needs of the present without compromising on the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Unabated demand for and inefficient use of resources, challenges in waste management, climate change, ecological degradation & disturbances, growing pressures to prevent pollution, stringent legislative requirements have called for societal expectations for sustainable development, accountability and transparency. ISO/DIS 14001:2014 presents a systematic approach to environmental management with specific contribution to sustainability through environment pillar.
More information on Key Changes to follow…