ISO 14001:2015 transition guidance
ISO 14001:2015 structure
ISO 14001:2015 is now based on Annex SL of the ISO Directives, a high-level structure (HLS) which standardises sub clause titles, core text, common terms and core definitions to enhance compatibility and alignment with other ISO management system standards.
Validity of certifications and applications (new users) to ISO 14001:2004
ISO 14001:2004 certifications will not be valid after 15th September 2018. The expiry date of certification to
ISO 14001:2004 issued during the transition period will not extend beyond 15th September 2018.
CARES has been encouraging applicants (new users) to implement ISO 14001:2015 and will not accept applications to ISO 14001:2004 after July 2016.
Organisations using ISO 14001:2004
The approved firms using ISO 14001:2004 are recommended to take the following actions at an early stage:
a) Identify organisational gaps which need to be addressed to meet new requirements.
b) Develop an implementation plan.
c) Provide appropriate training and awareness for all parties that have an impact on the effectiveness of the
d) Update the existing EMS to meet the revised requirements and provide verification of effectiveness.
CARES Approach to the Transition and Timetable
ISO 14001:2015 introduces a number of new requirements and CARES needs to ensure that each approved firm has made any necessary adjustments and additions to processes and competences to take account of these changes. The transition process consists of:
a) May 2016 - CARES has successfully completed UKAS transition assessment at CARES head office.
b) June 2016 - July 2016 – CARES will be witnessed by UKAS at the time of an assessment and the extension
to the scope of UKAS accreditation will be completed.
c) June 2016 - December 2016 – Approved firms will complete transition gap analysis and send to CARES.
d) January 2017 - December 2017 – CARES will conduct transition assessment at the time of approved firm’s
annual surveillance or recertification audit (Extra time may be needed to cover additional activities, such as
the review of gap analysis and related documentation).
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