ISO 14001:2015


A change in the design and thinking in ISO 14001:2015 brings new challenges for auditors to apply their competencies to the accomplishment of audits. The change also brings great opportunity.

An effective EMS audit provides a solid framework for meeting customer challenges and realizing benefits such as environmental protection, resource conservation and improved energy efficiency.

If you have the opportunity to read the current ISO 14001:2015 International Standard, you will see that the clauses are less prescriptive and require the user to engage the process approach to implement the standard.

Moving away from a prescriptive approach to process approach requires new thinking on how to audit. The mere use of checklists aligned with a set of standard clauses will no longer work as auditing moves toward interviewing techniques rather than review of records, corrective action data, and policy. The writers of the ISO 14001:2015 standard are envisioning that audits will take place through a series of in-depth discussions and analyses against risk to:


  • Understand the application of environmental management principles in the context of ISO 14001:2015.

  • Relate the environmental management system to the organizational products, services, activities and operational processes

  • Relate organization’s context and interested party needs and expectations to the planning and implementation of an organization’s environmental management system.

  • Assess the risk of significant environmental impacts and activities identified in the context of the organization’s EMS management system.

  • Assess the effectiveness of methodologies to control environmental hazards.

  • Assess the EMS roles and responsibilities within the context of the organizational environment.

  • Determine the adequacy and effectiveness of the EMS.

other manufacturing programs :
Integrated Management Systems Internal Audit
Store & Warehouse Management
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