ISO Standards Update: Key meeting for revision to ISO 14001 starts in Japan

The ISO Technical Committee, ISO/TC 207/WG 5, which is responsible for the revision of ISO 14001, is meeting in Tokyo, Japan, this week to continue shaping the latest version of the international environmental management system standard.

LRQA System and Governance Manager, Steve Williams, is an IIOC representative on the committee and he explained that one of the main aspects of the meeting will be to start reviewing the 1400 comments (278 pages) from all over the world that were submitted during the last round of consultation.

“For the revised ISO 14001 standard to remain a credible and effective tool for environmental management, it is vital that we consider all of the comments carefully so that any revision to the DIS text is seen to be an improvement in the FDIS” commented Williams.

ISO currently expects the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) to be ready in April, so that the ballot can take place in June or July, which could lead to ISO 14001:2015 being published in late October or November, although it is important to acknowledge that these timescales may change.

With all the major ISO standards being revised, LRQA is at the forefront of communicating the changes to ISO 14001 to our existing and potential clients. Through online tools, innovative training workshops, gap analysis and client briefings, we are helping organisations worldwide ensure a smooth transition to the new standards.

For more information about LRQA’s range of ISO Transition Services, email enquiries@lrqa.co.uk or visit www.lrqa.co.uk/isostandardsupdate.