Having an environmental management system complying with the requirements of the international standard ISO14001 will assist companies in identifying and managing environmental issues relating to their activities.
QAICL, as a UKAS accredited body, can provide certification to this standard which is suitable for businesses across all sectors and industries.
ISO14001 details the requirements for an internationally recognised and accepted environmental management system which can prove to your customers and other stakeholders that you comply with relevant statutory and regulatory requirements relating to environmental matters. In addition, the standard should help you focus on a more efficient use of resources (materials, energy, water) and better control and reduction of waste.
By having your environmental management system certified, an independent certification body such as QA International Certification Limited, will use a suitably qualified assessor to audit your system and processes against the requirements of the standard.
This standard, like many other ISO standards, is based on a number of management principles which include
- a strong customer focus
- the involvement of top management
- a process based approach and,
- continual improvement
This means that EMS can be more easily integrated with other ISO standards especially QMS.
By having an EMS certified to ISO14001, you are demonstrating to all stakeholders that your system and processes conform to an internationally recognised standard and provide assurance that any environmental impact of your business is being measured and improved. In some cases, certification can be a requirement of a customer or potential new customer doing business with you.
What is certification?
Confirmation in writing (by the issue of a formal certificate) by an independent body (a certification body – QAICL) that your management system meets and complies with the requirements of the internationally agreed standard.
What is accreditation?
Formal recognition by an independent body (an accreditation body – UKAS) that the certification body operates in accordance an internationally agreed standard (ISO17025) for certification bodies in its certification activities.
Further information on the benefits of certification and why you should use an accredited certification body such as QAICL are explained in this UKAS leaflet “Why Leave Your Certification to Chance?” and in this International Organization for Standardization leaflet “Expected Outcomes for Accredited Certification”
What if we don’t have a system yet?
QAICL can assist you at the very beginning of the process on introducing an environmental management system.
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Transition from ISO 14001 : 2004 to ISO 14001 : 2015
For details about transition and actions required CLICK HERE
Please note the last issue date for an ISO 14001 : 2004 version certificate of registration to run full term will be 13 September 2017 after which that customers and new registrants must apply for registration to ISO 14001 : 2015