ISO 14001 approved organisations have until September 2018 to transition to ISO 14001:2015. LRQA has developed a range of transition services to help, from guidance documents, training to gap analysis.
Annex SL is the single biggest change to ISO 14001:2015 and will drive the incorporation of your environmental management system (EMS) into the strategic thinking of your organisation.
With increased emphasis on leadership, top management will become more involved with your EMS, ensuring that it is linked to the overall strategy and objectives of your organisation. Other topics that are new to ISO 14001:2015 include:
- scope and applicability (clauses 4.3 and 1)
- organisational context (clause 4)
- a risk-based approach (clauses 6 and 10)
- lifecycle perspective and control of outsourcing (clause 8).
What’s been revised?
There are also elements of ISO 14001:2015 that have been revised or now contain more specific information that you should understand before your organisation transitions to the new standard:
- increased emphasis on top management engagement with ISO 14001 (clause 5)
- policy (clause 5.2)
- communication (clause 7.4)
- documented information (clause 7.5)
- performance and evaluation (clause 9)
- management review (clause 9).
What does ISO 14001:2015 mean for my organisation?
Your organisation has three years from publication (September 2015) to successfully complete its transition to the new standard, but you can choose to transition at any point within this period.
Transitioning earlier than the September 2018 deadline will enable your organisation to benefit from the increased flexibility and value that ISO 14001:2015 delivers. It also demonstrates to key stakeholders or interested parties a clear commitment to best practice.
How LRQA can help?
LRQA's Pathway is a tool to help you check your understanding of the new standard requirements and help you to determine whether your environmental management system meets the new standard requirements.
ISO 14001:2015 training courses
Whatever stage you are at in your transition journey to ISO 14001:2015, LRQA has a range of training courses that can help. We tailor our EMS training to the needs of your organisation ensuring a smooth transition to the new standard.
ISO 14001:2015 gap analysis
A gap analysis visit enables you to see if your EMS complies with ISO 14001:2015 and if any corrective action needs to be taken to ensure you successfully transition to the new standard.