ISO 14001 New Standard 2015 vs ISO 14001:2004

With the new ISO 14001:2015 released at the end of 2015, there have been some changes to the Environmental Management System standard. We have put together the table below as a convenient way for clients to distinguish the changes, and see how they compare to the previous ISO 14001:2004 version. The structure of the new standard is now Annex SL and therefore some significant clauses have changed.


New ISO 14001:2015 Clause NumberPrevious ISO 14001:2004 Clause Number
1. Scope1. Scope
2. Normative Reference2. Normative Reference
3. Terms and Definitions3. Terms and Definitions
4. Context of the OrganisationN/A
4.1 Understanding the Organisation & its Context
4.2 Understanding the needs & Expectations of Interested Parties
4.3 Determining the Scope of the EMS4.1 General Requirements
4.4 Environmental Management System
4.2.3 Control of Documents7.5.2 Creating and Updating and 7.5.3 Control of Documented information
5.1 Leadership & Commitment
5.2 Environmental Policy4.2 Environmental Policy
5.3 Organisational Roles, Responsibilities and Opportunities4.4.1 Resource, Roles, Responsibility & Authority
6. Planning4.3 Planning (title only)
6.1 Actions to address Risks and Opportunities (title only)
6.1.1 General
6.1.2 Environmental Aspects4.3.1 Environmental Aspects
6.1.3 Compliance Obligations6.1.4 Planning Action
6.2 Environmental Objectives & Planning to achieve them4.3.3 Objectives, Targets, & Programme(s)
6.2.1 Environmental Objectives4.3.3 Objectives, Targets, & Programme(s)
6.2.2 Planning to achieve Environmental Objectives4.3.3 Objectives, Targets, & Programme(s)
7. Support4.4 Implementation & Operation (title only)
7.1 Resources4.4.1 Resources, Roles, Responsibility & Authority
7.2 Competence4.4.2 Competence, Training, & Awareness
7.3 Awareness4.4.2 Competence, Training, & Awareness
7.4 Communication (title only)4.3 Communication
7.4.1 General4.3 Communication
7.4.2 Internal Communication4.3 Communication
7.4.3 External Communication4.3 Communication
7.5 Documented Information (title only)4.4.4 Documentation
7.5.1 General4.4.4 Documentation
7.5.2 Creating & Updating4.4.5 Control of Documents and 4.5.4 Control of Records
8. OperationN/A
8.1 Operation Planning & Control4.4.6 Operational Control
8.2 Emergency Preparedness & Response4.4.7 Emergency Preparedness & Response
Performance Evaluation4.5 Checking (title only)
9.1 Monitoring, Measurement, Analysis & Evaluation4.5.1 Monitoring & Measurement
9.1.1 General4.5.1 Monitoring & Measurement
9.1.2 Evaluation of Compliance4.5.2 Evaluation of Compliance
9.2 Internal Audit4.5.5 Internal Audit
9.2.1 General4.5.5 Internal Audit
9.3 Management review4.6 Management review
10.1 General
10.2 Nonconformity & Corrective Action4.5.3 Nonconformity, corrective action & preventative action
10.3 Continual Improvement

You can find out more about the changes to ISO 14001 via previous posts in our blog. You can also feel free to give us a call or fill in our online enquiry form should you wish to become ISO 14001 certified, or upgrade your existing ISO 14001 system. Interface NRM specialises in UKAS Accredited ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certification.

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