LRQA ISO Standards Updates: Progress from Padua - ISO 14001 Timelines Defined

LRQA's David Lawson reflects on the Environmental Management System Standard timeline.

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David Lawson

LRQA is actively involved in the major technical and working group committees managing the revision of the leading management system standards, and through this work, we are helping to shape the future of our industry

(PRWEB UK) 5 March 2014

ISO/TC 207/SC WG 5 - the ISO 14001 Technical Committee Working Group - concluded their latest meeting in Padua on 1st March with one of the outputs resulting in a more defined timeline for the publication of the world’s most widely adopted environmental management system standard.

For clarity, an International Standard is the result of an agreement between the member bodies of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It may be used as such, or may be implemented through incorporation in national standards of different countries. International Standards are developed by ISO technical committees (TC) and subcommittees (SC) by a clearly defined process and all International Standards are reviewed at least every five years by all the ISO member bodies.

“LRQA is actively involved in the major technical and working group committees managing the revision of the leading management system standards, and through this work, we are helping to shape the future of our industry,” said LRQA Technical Director, David Lawson. “Whilst the dates set out below are confirmed, there is the possibility that these may change due to external circumstances.”

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM STANDARD ISO 14001:2015

  •     May 2014: ISO/CD(1) 14001.2 final comments resolution from ISO/TC 207/SC WG 5 and finalisation for DIS(2)
  •     June 2014: Final Preparation of DIS documentation
  •     July - August 2014: ISO 14001 DIS process begins at ISO
  •     September - December 2014: DIS 3 month ballot period
  •     December 2014: Results of DIS vote and circulation of comments
  •     March 2015: ISO 14001 FDIS(3) process begins at ISO
  •     April - May 2015: FDIS ballot
  •     June/July 2015: Publication

Given that during the meeting last week, the assembled committee members had to review over 350 pages of comments relative to CD2 of ISO 14001, these revised dates are a testament to the commitment and focus of the various technical and working group committee members from around the world that are in the process of revising all of the major ISO standards – including ISO 14001.

Further information about the ISO Standard Revisions - to include blogs and round table discussions - will appear on http://www.lrqa.com. Alternatively, please email enquiries(at)lrqa(dot)com.

(1) Committee Draft
(2) Draft International Standard
(3) Final Draft International Standard

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