The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the updated ISO 14001 environmental management systems standard on September 15, 2015.

NSF-ISR has reviewed the document and found no major changes, but rather an emphasis on improvements to reflect the latest industry trends. NSF-ISR will be working with each of you (our clients) to ensure a smooth transition to the new international standard for environmental management systems. We are committed to ensuring that your organization understands the updated requirements and what steps your organization may need to take to achieve conformance during the three-year transition period.

Key improvements in the 2015 version include:

  • A greater commitment from leadership
  • An increased alignment with strategic direction
  • Greater protection for the environment, with a focus on proactive initiatives
  • More effective communication, driven through a communications strategy
  • Life-cycle thinking, considering each stage of a product or service, from development to end of life
  • More emphasis on environmental performance and measurement

NSF-ISR auditors will be provided updated information relating to the new standard and how to best customize your transition to ISO 14001:2015 for a positive, seamless experience.

ISO 14001:2004 certificates will not be valid after the three-year transition period. Organizations looking for first-time ISO 14001 certification are encouraged to certify to ISO 14001:2015. Existing ISO 14001:2004 users are encouraged to transition early to avoid a bottleneck at the end of the three-year transition period or any unforeseen challenges with maintaining certification.

More Information

The updated ISO 14001:2015 standard can be purchased from the NSF Bookstore

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact NSF-ISR at