All ISO standards are reviewed every five years. ISO 14001:2015 is written with the High Level Structure (HLS) that facilitates the integration of parts of other complementary Management Systems, like ISO 9001:2015, ISO 45001 (future release), ISO 55000, among others. ISO 14001:2015 standard has been restructured: chapter and subchapter titles, and order of clauses and paragraphs, have been thoroughly revised.
A better environmental impact management through risks and opportunities assessment.
Top management accountable for effectiveness of the Management System.
Integrates of Management System requirements into business process.
Require explicitly determination of risks.
Understand the organization and its context. The new revision introduces the Life Cycle concept.
Increased prominence of environmental management within the organization's strategic planning processes.
Addition of proactive initiatives to protect the environment.
Improving environmental performance added. Addition of a communications strategy.
MAIN CHANGES IN ISO 14001:2015
ISO 14001 has undergone its second revision to ensure it remains relevant in the decades to come. The major changes in the standard are mentioned below.
1. Structural change
2. Substantive changes
3. Life cycle approach
4. Rethinking impact
5. Risk and opportunities
6. Pro-active reporting
7. Strengthened compliance
8. Continual improvement