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ISO 14001 Certification is an Environmental Management System Certification. There are several activities Involves in ISO 14001 Certification – First of all the organization Looking for ISO 14001 Certification to their business organization – Implement the Requirements of ISO 14001 :2015 Standard in the organization by developing required documents of ISO 14001:2015 Standards requirement , Implement the ISO 14001 documents such as – EMS Manual , Environmental Policy , Objective , Environmental Aspects Impact analysis , Legal Register , Environmental Performance Monitoring ,Internal Audit , MRM etc , so on . After completion of Implementation apply to ISO Certification Body for Certification. After receipt of the Application, the Certification bodies assign the Auditor for assessment of Implemented Environmental Management (EMS) of organization, based on ISO 14001 Audit outcome and recommendations, the Certification Body award the ISO 14001 Certification to organization. These Entire activities are known as ISO 14001 Certification. So, any organization planning for ISO 14001 Certification, wanted to become ISO 14001 Certified, first of all Implement the EMS Standard in the organization, maintain the necessary required documents & records, including the compliances of applicable Legal requirements of Environmental Management and then apply to ISO Certification body to get Certified.
When the organization implements Environmental Management System (EMS) requirements in the organization effectively and consistently maintain the compliance in the organization as routine business practices of the organization, there are several benefits of ISO 14001 Certification to the organization, out of several benefits, the most prominent and Common benefits of ISO 14001 Certification are given below:
ISO 14001 Certification Cost – It is totally depending on the organizational Information – such as Number of Employee, Organization Location, Number of Permanent sites, Temporary site & Remote locations, Process & activities, product / services of the organization. When the organization provides this information to Certification Body at the time of application. The Certification Body evaluate the Audit man-day requirements of the organization for ISO 14001 Certification referring the to various Policy, Procedure of CAB, IAF MD and accreditation requirements (if any), based on evaluation of Audit Man-day, the certification apply the Audit Man-day rate and reach to ISO 14001 Certification Cost of applicant organization. This is standard practices of evaluation of ISO 14001 Certification cost, which are being followed by accredited ISO Certification Body.
An ISO 14001 is an Environmental Management System (EMS) Standard, latest published Environmental Management System Standard is ISO 14001:2015. This EMS standard has 10 Clauses, where requirements of Environmental Management System for implementation and certification is given in clause # 4 to Clause #10. ISO 14001 Certification Requirements – it is combination of two terms ISO 14001 Certification and ISO 14001 requirements. So, for user organization Points of view the ISO 14001 requirements are given below:
ISO 14001 Certification to any organization is awarded by Accredited ISO Certification Body after performing onsite Audit (verification of documentations, implementation & Effectiveness of Environmental Management System) to the applicant organization, who has implemented the Environmental Management System (EMS) Standard in the organization and maintained the necessary documents & record of compliance to this standard.
ISO 14001 Certification process is a combination of various activities performed by Certification Body, these activities as followings: