ISO has officially published the ISO 14001:2015 FDIS (Final Draft International Standard), signaling the penultimate stage of the revision process for the world’s most widely adopted international environment management system (EMS) standard. The final ISO 14001:2015 standard is expected to be released in September 2015. (See related article on ISO’s standard revision process here.)
As well as the incorporation of Annex SL, which is the high-level structure and common text for all new and revised ISO management system standards, some of the main new requirements include organizational context, knowledge, and risk-based thinking. Other areas of the standard that have been revised include the importance of senior management engagement, as well as policy and the need for processes.
The publication of the ISO 14001:2015 FDIS is an important step in the standard’s development. Because only very minor editorial changes are permitted after this point, the FDIS can serve as a basis for organizations that want to begin the process of transitioning to the new standard. Although organizations are not permitted to register to the new standard until the final standard is released, they can begin a gap analysis of their current EMS against the new standard’s requirements with confidence that there will be no new requirements added to the final standard.
See our ISO 14001:2015 Frequently Asked Questions article here.
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