ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Certification

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Why Work With Us?
  • Initial Certifications
  • Transferring Registrations

Meet the business challenges of being environmentally responsible without wasting resources.

Use us to single-source all your needs for ISO 14001 environmental management systems (EMS) certification. As a leading registrar and certification body for the number of EMS registrations, we know what’s important for:

  • Identifying the environmental impact of your activities, products or services
  • Continually improving environmental performance
  • Implementing a systematic approach that sets objectives
  • Demonstrating environmental goals have been met

Our third-party auditing experience makes the process of certifying for the first time – or transferring a registration – more productive and efficient.

Benefits of Certification

Set your company up for lasting success.

NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR) stays with you throughout the certification process, leveraging your environmental management system to:

  • Improve efficiencies in the use of energy and new materials
  • Reduce waste and costs
  • Mitigate environmental risks
  • Increase the ability to comply with environmental regulations
  • Develop integrated environmental health and safety initiatives
  • Spearhead sustainability efforts

Our credibility as a provider of ISO 14001 management systems certifications draws from decades of experience, technical expertise and valued business acumen. We know how to maximize the economic benefits of improving a company’s environmental performance.

Why Work With Us?

Gain from our long history in environmental management systems (EMS) research, standards development and pilot projects.

Our audits bring industry-leading expertise, responsive customer support and exceptional value to the registration process. In addition, you earn the international recognition of an NSF mark.  

We invested early in the EMS process to better understand implementation and interpretation issues vital to ISO 14001 management systems certification. As a result, we became:   

  • The only registrar authorized to publish the ISO standards
  • One of the first registrars accredited by the ANAB National Accreditation Program

The qualifications of our auditors rank among the highest among all accredited registrars. Located worldwide, they’re environmental professionals with backgrounds in all major industries including:

  • Automotive
  • Chemical
  • Utilities
  • Oil/Petrochemical
  • Paper
  • Waste management
  • Electronics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Federal facilities and public organizations

Initial Certifications

Protect both the environment and your business objectives.

The ISO 14001 standards were developed to help reduce the impact a company’s operations have on the environment. While voluntary, certifying to ISO 14001 requirements earns you the respect and trust of regulators, industry partners and the public.

Certification is valid for three years and achieved in two stages.

Stage one determines how ready your organization is for certification. What we do is:

  1. Review documents about your organization’s processes and management
  2. Perform an on-site inspection of procedures
  3. Report potential nonconformities (areas that might not meet standards)

Stage two is when our auditors return and do a comprehensive review of your quality management system. This is where we:

  1. Confirm the effectiveness of your system
  2. Provide feedback about nonconformities
  3. Verify all standards have been met

After an independent reviewer* confirms our decision, we:

  1. Issue a certificate saying you’ve met all ISO 14001 requirements
  2. Publish your certification listing on our website
  3. Perform semiannual or annual surveillance audits to ensure system maintenance 

*The independent reviewer is legally an NSF International employee and bound by the requirements of our contract. Certification evaluations and decisions are made impartially and independent from any NSF International activity.

Transferring Registrations

Uncomplicate the move to a new registrar for your accredited certifications, regardless of where you are in the process. We offer:

  • 30-day transfers of valid registrations
  • Proven integrity and expertise
  • Experience as a leading provider of management system certifications

A dedicated account manager and business development manager communicate with you throughout your transition to the NSF family of companies. The transfer process is seamless and straightforward:

  1. Our reviewer goes over your last audit.
  2. We assign an auditor to perform an on-site audit.
  3. Your audit is typically completed in a day or two.
  4. An independent reviewer* approves evidence, reports and recommendations regarding certification.
  5. NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR) issues your certificate.

*The independent reviewer is legally an NSF International employee and bound by the requirements of our contract. Certification evaluations and decisions are made impartially and independent from any NSF International activity.

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