Responsible Care® 14001 (RC14001®) and Responsible Care Management System® (RCMS®) Certification

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

Improve performance by making health, safety, security and the environment your top priorities.

Certify to Responsible Care® 14001 (RC14001®) and Responsible Care Management System® (RCMS®). NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR) is a leading registrar and certification body for both these initiatives created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

Whether this is a first-time certification or registration transfer, our technical expertise and third-party auditing experience help your chemical company:

  • Identify where corrective actions should be taken
  • Address potential hazardous risks
  • Assess implementation of your safety programs

RCMS certification is mandatory for ACC members. RC14001 management systems certification is optional yet more cost-effective because it incorporates RCMS and all ISO 14001 regulatory requirements into a single process.

Are you transitioning to RCMS®:2019? Find resources to simplify the process on our Standards in Transition page.

Benefits of Certification

Gain industry-wide recognition for going beyond the normal scope of an environmental management system.

During the RC14001® or RCMS® certification process, you capitalize on best industry practices that:

  • Enable you to manage chemicals responsibly
  • Increase access to new customers and business opportunities
  • Produce efficiencies and cost savings
  • Meet American Chemistry Council (ACC) requirements for member companies

Implementing Responsible Care® initiatives helps continually improve your processes, reputation and customer satisfaction in the areas of:

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Product stewardship
  • Security
  • Community outreach
  • Transportation safety activities 

Why Work With NSF?

Get guidance about management systems certification from one of the first registrars accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB).

Our independence as a service provider creates a culture of integrity and trust among your employees, business partners and consumers. We offer a full suite of solutions for RC14001® and RCMS® that includes:

  • Baseline audits
  • Document conformance reviews
  • Integrated audits
  • Customizable programs designed for your specific needs
  • Unequalled technical expertise in safety, quality and environmental standards

As a part of NSF International, NSF-ISR remains focused on continuing our parent company’s 70-plus year mission dedicated to public health, safety and protection of the environment.

Initial Certifications

Gain peace of mind about your facilities, processes and products. RC14001® and RCMS® were launched by the chemical industry to improve environmental and health performance.

Sixty-eight countries have currently adopted these safety objectives. They were designed by the American Chemistry Council to measure and monitor working conditions, emissions, climate protection and more at single-site, multi-site and multi-standard chemical companies.

RC14001 and RCMS certifications are each 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 RC14001 and/or RCMS 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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