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Guide to ISO 14001:2015 published by FMS

MANCHESTER, U.K. - Feb. 27, 2014 - PRLog -- ISO 14001, the international standard for Environmental Management Systems, is the most popular management system standard. To alleviate any concerns over the forthcoming revisions to this important standard, the Federation of Management Systems (FMS) has published a Definitive Guide to ISO 14001:2015.

ISO 14001 is used by organisations in every part of the world. The current version - ISO 14001:2004, is being revised and will be re-published as ISO 14001:2015. The proposed revisions are significant; the structure, format and terminology of this important standard have been substantially altered.

The Definitive Guide to ISO 14001:2015 has been published to put aside any concerns over the nature and extent of the proposed revisions. It is based on the current available draft with updates from ISO/TC 207 committee members.

The guide covers:

the reasons for some of the changes, such as Annex SL;
an overview of the changes;
the current status of the drafting process;
details of the proposed changes, with guidance;
the proposed ISO timetable;
the transitional arrangements; and
an action plan outlining what organisations need to do.

ISO 14001 is officially the most widely-used management system standard, it specifies the requirements for an Environmental Management System. The forthcoming changes will force the transformation of every ISO 14001 environmental management system in the world.

Anthony Wilkinson, the FMS Chief Executive commented:

"ISO 14001:2015 is not a minor editorial revision, this is a significant restructuring, rewording and refocusing of a very important international standard. The Definitive Guide to ISO 14001:2015 puts the proposed changes into context by explaining the detail of the revisions, and the reasons for the new standard.

"ISO 14001:2015 will do away with many of the management system "traditions" that are familiar to many of us - organisations will need time to adjust. More than that, the new standard requires organisations to integrate environmental management into the heart of their business, and expect top management to get involved in the process. More than that, organisations will be expected to show that their environmental actions are effective and do protect the environment.

"These are significant changes, it is important that organisations, especially senior management, begin to understand the new requirements at the earliest opportunity - they've got some big decisions to make."

The Definitive Guide to ISO 14001:2015 is available from the Federation of Management Systems online store at http://www.fedms.org/store/c4/Documents.html.

Anthony Wilkinson

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