ISO 14001


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ISO 14001:2015

Environmental management system certification

Environmental management systems — Requirements with guidance for use

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What is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001 is the most recognized international standard that establishes a general framework for environmental management systems. It is suitable and widely used by organizations of all sizes worldwide. ISO 14001 is part of the ISO 14000 standards group and is built upon the same Plan-Do-Check-Act approach as ISO 9001 for quality management.

The ISO 14001 standard has been developed to be fully compatible with other recognized management systems, such as ISO 9001. Therefore, the most popular approach for organizations seeking ISO 14001 implementation is to integrate it into their existing management systems. This integration supports environmental protection, pollution prevention, energy conservation, and waste reduction efforts. Additionally, implementing ISO 14001 enhances an organization’s status in terms of social responsibility.

Why Get Certified According to ISO 14001?

Certification according to the ISO 14001 standard by bqs demonstrates your organization’s commitment to meeting the requirements and expectations of customers, third-party organizations, and the environment as a whole. It enables you to position your brand as environmentally conscious, reduce operational costs, and enhance your integrated management systems.

Through bqs certification and regular supervision during surveillance audits, you showcase to all stakeholders your dedication to controlling environmental aspects, minimizing impacts, ensuring legal compliance, and continually improving environmental performance. Don’t hesitate to apply for bqs certification and become a trusted company in the eyes of your stakeholders.

Choose bqs as Your Certification Body

  • Pool of Qualified EMS Auditors and Technical Experts: bqs boasts a pool of highly qualified EMS auditors and related technical experts.
  • Years of Experience: With extensive experience in executing EMS and QMS audits, bqs brings invaluable expertise to the table.
  • Professional and Independent Approach: We maintain a professional and independent approach to each client, ensuring the credibility and sustainability of bqs certification.
  • Objective Feedback: Receive objective feedback on the effectiveness of your quality management system, aiding in continuous improvement.
  • Compliance with National Regulations: Have confidence in compliance with applicable national regulations, ensuring legal adherence.
  • Early Identification of Weak Areas: Benefit from the early identification of weak areas, detection of non-compliance, and pinpointing areas requiring attention.
  • Risk Detection: Detect areas of non-compliance and possible risks, enabling proactive risk management.
  • Valuable and Recognized Reporting: Our reporting and certification are valuable and widely recognized, enhancing your reputation and trust with stakeholders.

Benefits of ISO 14001 Certification

  • Universality: The universality of the ISO 14001 standard enables its implementation across any sector and organization.
  • Compliance Support: ISO 14001 certification supports meeting environmental legal requirements and corporate policies.
  • Environmental Performance Monitoring: It serves as a tool for monitoring environmental performance and effectively measuring progress.
  • Social and Environmental Responsibility: Achieving ISO 14001 certification enhances social and environmental responsibility, contributing to a greener brand image.
  • Reduction of Environmental Impact: Certification leads to a reduction in pollution, waste, energy consumption, and unintended discharges to the environment.
  • Resource Management and Cost Reduction: It supports the management of organizational resources and leads to cost reductions.
  • Customer Satisfaction: ISO 14001 certification enhances customer satisfaction with products, services, and corporate culture.
  • Market Expansion: Certification opens new markets, tenders, and business opportunities, improving market accessibility as a globally recognized environmental management system standard.
  • Competitive Advantage: It ensures a position within the supplier list of customers and maintains a competitive advantage.
  • Production Cost Reduction: Certification reduces production costs by regulating third-party auditing and identifying weak points in your management system.

How to Achieve Certification According to ISO 14001

Certification to ISO 14001 consists of several steps before we can grant you a certificate as a result of compliance with all applicable requirements of the ISO 14001 standard or other relevant regulations.

The Steps to ISO 14001 Certification:

1. Pre-audit and Gap Analysis:

  • This is a voluntary activity performed prior to formal assessment activities.
  • We will assess your implemented environmental management system against all applicable requirements set by the ISO 14001 standard.
  • This step involves a close examination of your system, facilities, and processes to identify and determine all possible gaps in compliance and analyze potential risks and opportunities for improvement.
  • Assessment activities will be planned based on the organization’s readiness to comply with ISO 14001.

2. Off-site Assessment:

  • Before we conduct an on-site visit related to conformity assessment, our auditors will review your quality management documentation, procedures, and controls over processes you have implemented.
  • This allows us to become familiar with specific aspects of your production and identify strong and weak points in your management system documentation.

3. Stage One Audit and Stage Two Audits:

  • Audit teams will challenge your environmental management system, process controls, staff, and other resources to determine their compliance with applicable ISO 14001 requirements.
  • All findings identified during these stages will be communicated with your organization, and subsequent actions will be verified.

4. bqs Decision:

  • Based on the audit team’s recommendation, the certification body will make a decision regarding the issuance of certification.
  • If your organization proves its ability to meet the requirements of the ISO 14001 environmental management systems standard, a certificate with a validity of three years will be granted.

5. Post-Certification Activities:

  • In order to maintain continuous compliance with ISO 14001, bqs, as your certification body, will annually perform surveillance audits over your facilities and environmental management system.
  • These audits aim to verify your commitment to continuous improvement and compliance with customer requirements.

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