ISO 14001 Certification Mark

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Management system certification / Voluntary assessment

Basis for Certification (certification standard):

International standard ISO 14001 (requirements for environmental management systems)

Standard owner:

ISO International Organization for Standardization


What does the standard ISO 14001 cover?

The ISO 14001 standard defines the requirements for a certifiable environmental management system (EMS) of an organisation. These requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • A management system which is suitable for continuously improving the organisation's environmental impacts, achieving compliance with legal and other environmental requirements and reaching its environmental objectives.
  • The organisation has identified its significant environmental aspects and the associated environmental impacts. With effect from the ISO 14001:2015 edition, the standard also appropriately considers internal and external influencing factors (context of the organisation), identified risks and opportunities and the interests and expectations of interested parties in EMS requirements.
  • The organisation has defined suitable criteria for the control of environmentally-relevant processes. The entire EMS is subject to an ongoing surveillance process. This applies in particular to compliance with environmental, legal and other requirements. The organisation monitors and evaluates achievement of environmental objectives and continuous improvement with the help of suitable performance indicators.

  • What does “certification” and/or the issue of a certification mark for ISO 14001 by TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH mean?
    • The customer has submitted to voluntary assessment (audit) according to defined criteria (certification standard).
    • A certificate and/or the authorisation to use a certification mark is only issued if the assessment (audit) does not reveal any major nonconformities with the requirements of the certification standard.
    • The certificates and/or certification marks are valid for a restricted period of time. Interested parties can check the validity of individual certificates in the certificate database of TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH.
    • To maintain certificate validity, the certificate holder must annually complete an announced audit with a positive result.
    • Unannounced audits are possible in specific cases.
  • How do we audit?

    Independent and qualified experts (auditors) apply the following auditing techniques:

    • Document review:
      Evaluation of the organisation’s requirements and/or documentation to ensure the systematic control of all processes relevant for the environmental management system.

    • On-site-audit:
      Verification, in the form of interviews and on-site inspection at the customer's premises, that the above requirements are effectively implemented in practice. Random on-site checks of processes based on records, such as available measurement results, minutes of meetings, training and qualification records, complaints management and records related to defined objectives and the resulting improvement projects.
  • What is beyond the scope of certification according to ISO 14001?
    • ISO 14001 does not define absolute criteria for environmental performance. A certification according to standard ISO 14001 therefore does not make any statement about the actual environmental performance of an organization. Certification according to ISO 14001 does not constitute product certification. Certification thus does not provide any direct statements on the eco-friendliness of a product or service of the certified customer.
    • Certification according to ISO 14001 does not ensure in each specific case that the company complies with all relevant environment-related laws and regulations, even though this is one of the key objectives of the environmental management system.



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