ISO 14001 Environmental Certificatiom | NQA

Practical tools to help organizations identify and control environmental impacts and improve performance.

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Environmental policy, sustainability, resource and asset management, legal compliance, carbon footprint and impact reduction, pollution prevention, corporate social responsibility, cultural awareness and change management, brand reputation.

Note: This information relates to the 2004 version of ISO 14001 - this is to be replaced by the 2015 version of the standard which was published on 15 September 2015. Whilst we would encourage any organisation implementing ISO 14001 to seek certification to the 2015 version, certification to the 2004 version can still be granted and will remain valid until 15 September 2018. Learn more about the changes to ISO 14001 here.

WHAT IS ISO 14001?

The ISO 14000 family of standards addresses various aspects of environmental management. It provides practical tools for companies and organizations looking to identify and control their environmental impact and constantly improve their environmental performance.

ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14004:2004 standards provide comprehensive environmental management systems frameworks; others in the 14000 family focus on specific environmental aspects such as life cycle analysis, communication and auditing.

The ISO 14001:2015 standard is currently expected to be published in September 2015.


ISO 14001:2004 AND ISO 14001:2015

The ISO 14001 standard was most recently updated in 2015. Organizations that have been certified under ISO 14001:2004 have until September 2018 to transition their management system to the new standard. Key differences between ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14001:2015 include:

  • Annex SL structure: ISO 14001:2015 employs the high-level Annex SL structure, which standardizes the document’s terminology and layout to better align with other ISO quality management systems.

  • Organizational context: ISO 14001:2015 places more emphasis on the larger context the organization is working in and establishes environmental management priorities accordingly.

  • Risks and opportunities: ISO 14001:2015 introduces the concept of risk and opportunity as a planning tool, with an emphasis on potential threats — such as failing to meet compliance obligations — and potential benefits inherent to environmental management.   

  • Leadership: ISO 14001:2015 requires increased buy-in from top-level management, particularly in ensuring overall business objectives are consistent with the organization’s environmental management goals.

Learn more about about ISO 14001:2015 on this page, or contact an NQA representative directly.


  • Customer satisfaction. Deliver products that consistently meet customer requirements.
  • Reduced operating costs. Continual improvement of processes and resulting operational efficiencies mean money saved.
  • Improved stakeholder relationships. Improve organizational awareness and reputation with your staff, customers, suppliers and community.
  • Improved risk management. Gain a greater understanding of organizational risks; focus on consistency and traceability of products and staff training to help prevent problems.
  • Proven business credentials. Independent verification against recognized standards speaks volumes.
  • Open doors to win more business. Procurement specifications often require certification as a prerequisite for suppliers.


The industry landscape is always changing. These changes have impacts to your customer needs and require the evolution of your management system. Considerations include:

  • Changing Regulatory Needs
  • Global Outsourcing
  • Evolving Customer Requirements
  • Shorter Delivery Deadlines
  • Integrity Threats in the Supply Chain
  • Legal Compliance


With a wealth of experience providing accredited management systems certifications, NQA is ideally placed to partner with you to meet customer requirements and exceed industry expectations.

Technical committees and industry relationships. NQA is highly involved in a wide variety of industry committees and standards writing teams, helping us to maintain a keen awareness of changes within industry.

Knowledge transfer supporting our customer’s organizational strategy. NQA is committed to ensuring customer awareness regarding changes in industry strategy, regulations, and standard requirements that may impact your management system approach.


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