SQA Provides ISO 14001:2015 Transition Guidance

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March 17, 2016

Smithers Quality Assessments (SQA) has released tips for businesses to transition to the 2015 version of the ISO 14001 international standard for environmental management. To maintain a valid certificate, organizations must transition their environmental management systems to the new standard by September 15, 2018. SQA is offering two options to clients: upgrade in 2016 or 2017 with the goal to have current clients ISO 14001:2015 certified by December 31, 2017, at least a year before the deadline.

“The focus of this revision is on sustainability,” said Susan LK Briggs, who led the international working group in the revision of ISO 14001. “There is a movement to have more balance in the world, and grow businesses in a way that protects the environment.” Briggs focused on several key revisions and how they address environmental challenges at the 2015 SQA Customer Appreciation Day.

ISO 14001:2015 emphasizes environmental management within an organization’s strategic planning process. A new requirement to understand the organization and its context has been incorporated to identify relevant issues and leverage that knowledge during the planning process for the benefit of both the organization and the environment. Before conducting this transition audit, SQA will require organizations to complete a full system internal audit, a management review and update the SQA-78 2015 CRW-EMS.

SQA is on-hand to support its clients during the ISO 14001:2015 transition. Client transition letters with a gap check sheet and a comprehensive requirements book were sent to customers in December 2015. These documents ensure that clients will have a tool to assist with identifying what they need to change and what may already be in-line with the standard. Another SQA training session is planned for June 2016 at the Fourth Annual Customer Appreciation Day.

SQA clients can download the gap analysis and additional documents in the customer portal or contact SQA or an auditor with questions about ISO 14001:2015.

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