ISO 14001:2004


ISO 14001 Certification

Welcome to our area devoted to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management standard with separate section covering its history, the benefits of certification, and what it costs to become certified.

ISO 14001 is for all organisations large or small and covers all sectors, including charities and the voluntary sector. It will help you to be more environmentally friendly, show you how to measure your consumption and reduce waste.

In summary…

  • Suits all types of businesses, large or small

  • Reduces waste and cost through enviromental commitment

  • Proven to help win and retain business

ISO 14001 Certification Benefits

Most organisations want ISO 14001 certification to qualify for a tender or to achieve preferred supplier status: typically for a Local Authority or for a supply chain requirement.

There are many benefits to achieving ISO 14001 certification, including:

  • Better management of environmental risks, now and in the future
  • Increased access to new customers and business partners
  • Demonstration of legal and regulatory compliance
  • Potential for reduced public liability insurance costs
  • Overall cost savings: in terms of consumption, waste and recycling

In addition, ISO 14001 is designed to be compatible with other management system standards such as ISO 9001 (Environmental), and OHSAS 18001 (Health and Safety). All or any combination of these complementary standards can be integrated seamlessly. They share many principles, so choosing an integrated management system can provide you with outstanding value for money.

If you would like an integrated management system, comprising all or a combination of ISO management standards, simply let us know your requirements and we’ll provide you with a fixed price quotation.

ISO 14001 Process

STEP 1: Preparation

If you are new to the ISO 14001 standard you may require some guidance before you start.  We run regular ISO training courses which include the official ISO handbook. When you’re ready, we’ll discuss your requirements  and provide you with a competitive quotation so you can budget accurately. Your quotation will be based upon factors such as your organisation’s activities, how many locations you operate from and how many people you employ.

STEP 2: Application

Once you decide to proceed, we’ll assign a Lead Assessor to you. He or she will be your principal contact throughout the registration process and beyond. They will build up detailed knowledge of your organisation and will be able to answer any questions you might have. Many of our clients start with a Pre-assessment. This optional service is where we review your current circumstances as part of a Gap Analysis and agree an action plan with you.

STEP 3: Pre-Audit Assessment

Your Lead Assessor will visit you to explain the standard and undertake a conformity assessment of your current arrangements for enviromental management. You will then receive a detailed report including all required actions. Together, you will then determine the appropriate timetable for your Audit Assessment.

STEP 4: Audit Assessment

Once you are ready for your formal Audit Assessment, your Lead Assessor will make the required arrangements for you. On completion, you will be informed of the Auditor’s recommendation before he or she leaves your premises.

STEP 5: Registration & Certificate

Following the Auditor’s recommendation, your registration will be reviewed and if approved your certification will be confirmed. Soon after, your certificate of conformity to the ISO 14001 standard will be issued and sent to you.

STEP 6: Continual Assessment

Having achieved certification, you’ll want to maintain your registration and your Lead Assessor will remain on hand to undertake the required annual reviews to ensure you continue to meet the requirements of ISO 14001.

ISO 14001 Costs

We work with clients of all sizes and even if you are a one person business, we can help you. With no long term contract to tie you in, we provide an affordable, transparent route to achieving ISO 14001 certification.

Ultimately, your quotation will be based on factors such as your organisation’s activities, how many locations you operate from and how many people you employ (if any).

We provide all of our clients with a competitive quotation with no hidden extras. We won’t charge you extra for travel, registration fees or for your certificate (unlike many others). The only thing to add is VAT.

To ensure best value, we’ll also make you a Price Match Promise; if you can find a cheaper like-for-like quote within 14-days, we’ll match it!

Why transfer?

Most organisations change their certification provider because they lose confidence in them, aren’t getting a good service or want better value for money. For example, did you know that 6-monthly surveillance audits aren’t required for most organisations? Fed up paying for little more than a cosy chit-chat?

Transfer today and not only will we provide you with a fresh perspective, we’ll save you money too!   We’ll only recommend change if it’s really needed and won’t insist on 6-monthly audits. We’ll also provide you with a fixed fee guaranteed and promise you that there’ll be no hidden extras.

ISO 14001 History

ISO 14001 is in fact a series of international standards on environmental management. It provides a framework for the development of an environmental management system and the supporting audit programme.

The ISO 14001 series emerged primarily as a result of the Uruguay round of the GATT negotiations and the Rio Summit on the Environment held in 1992. While GATT concentrates on the need to reduce non-tariff barriers to trade, the Rio Summit generated a commitment to protection of the environment across the world.

After the rapid acceptance of ISO 9000 and the increase of environmental standards around the world, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) assessed the need for international environmental management standards. They formed the Strategic Advisory Group on the Environment (SAGE) in 1991, to consider whether such standards could serve to:

  • Promote a common approach to environmental management similar to quality management;
  • Enhance organisations’ ability to attain and measure improvements in environmental performance; and
  • Facilitate trade and remove trade barriers.

In 1992, SAGE’s recommendations created a new committee, TC 207, for international environmental management standards. This committee and its sub-committees included representatives from industry, standards organisations, government and environmental organisations from many countries. What developed was a series of ISO 14000 standards designed to cover:

  1. Environmental management systems
  2. Environmental auditing
  3. Environmental performance evaluation
  4. Environmental labelling
  5. Life-cycle assessment
  6. Environmental aspects in product standards

ISO 14001 was first published as a standard in 1996 and it specifies the actual requirements for an environmental management system. It applies to those environmental aspects over which an organisation has control and where it can be expected to have an influence.

ISO 14001 is often seen as the cornerstone standard of the ISO 14000 series. It specifies a framework of control for an Environmental Management System (EMS) and is the only ISO 14000 standard against which it is currently possible to be certified by an external certification body. However, it does not in itself state specific environmental performance criteria.

This standard is applicable to any organisation that wishes to:

  1. Implement, maintain and improve an EMS
  2. Assure itself of its conformance with its own stated environmental policy
  3. Demonstrate conformance
  4. Ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations
  5. Seek certification of its EMS by an authorised external certification body
  6. Make a self-determination of conformance

Other standards in the series are actually guidelines, many to help an organisation achieve registration to ISO 14001. These include the following:

  • ISO 14004 provides guidance on development and implementation of an EMS
  • ISO 14010 provides general principles of environmental auditing (now superseded by ISO 19011)
  • ISO 14011 provides specific guidance on auditing an environmental management system (also superseded)
  • ISO 14012 provides guidance on qualification criteria for auditors and lead auditors (also superseded)
  • ISO 14013/5 provides an audit program review and assessment material.
  • ISO 14020+ covers labelling issues
  • ISO 14030+ provides guidance on performance targets & monitoring within an EMS
  • ISO 14040+ covers life cycle issues

ISO 14001 Why Choose Us?

Choosing a certification body can be confusing when, at face value, they all appear to be the same. However your choice is very important and given there is no mandatory regulation within the industry, you need to be sure to avoid the pitfalls of ending up with unaccredited certification. When you’re making a sizable investment you’ll obviously want best value but you need to ensure that your certification is widely recognised and accepted too.

Below are some of the reasons for choosing a name you can trust.

Price Match Promise

To ensure you receive best value, we pledge to match any like-for-like quote. Just send us a copy of the rival quotation and we’ll do the rest!

Price Transparency

You can be assured there are no hidden extras in our quotes and to help with your cash flow, payments can be made in easy stages.