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May 8, 2015

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ISO 14001 FDIS publication expected in June

The Final Draft International Standard for environmental management system standard ISO 14001 is expected to be published in June 2015.

The ISO Technical Committee, ISO/TC 207/WG 5, which is responsible for the revision of international environment management system standard ISO 14001, concluded their meeting in Chiswick, UK on Friday 24 April and has made significant progress towards the publication of ISO 14001:2015.

During the latest meeting, the review of remaining comments which were received from the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage was completed and based upon this, it is expected that the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) will be published in June 2015 for the two month voting period to commence until August 2015.

Based upon these timescales, it is currently expected that ISO 14001:2015 will be available in September 2015.

LRQA System and Governance Manager, Steve Williams, is an IIOC (Independent International Organisation for Certification) representative on the committee and he explained why the outcome of last week’s meeting is so significant.

“Based upon the volume of comments received at the DIS stage, we knew there was significant work ahead of us before we could prepare for the publication of the FDIS. Following five days of evaluation, all of the comments were reviewed and we can now drive the revision to ISO 14001 ahead of the previously anticipated FDIS publication date of July 2015” commented Williams.

With all the major ISO standards being revised, LRQA is at the forefront of communicating the changes to ISO 14001. We offer a range of assessment services as well public and in-house training courses, all aimed at helping to ensure that organisations worldwide have a smooth transition to the new standards.

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