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In September 2015, ISO published ISO 14001:2015, a revised version of their standard for environmental management systems. The updated standard (which has supplanted the previous revision, ISO 14001:2004) is designed to better align with other standards such as ISO 9001; it also places more focus on the people at the top of the organisation, and on considering the entire environmental life cycle of products and services.

If your business is certified to the old ISO 14001:2004 standard, you will need to transition to ISO 14001:2015 within 3 years of the new standard's publication. This means that you have until September 2018 to transition, but it may be a good idea to make the change sooner rather than later - upgrading to the new, more streamlined standard should benefit the overall running of your business, and you don't want to risk losing your accreditation when the old standard expires.

Fortunately, the transition to ISO 14001:2015 is easy with the help of NPT Management Systems. Our expert ISO consultants will help you to identify and implement any necessary changes in your environmental management system; we can also assist with getting re-certified by a UKAS-accredited body.

If you need help transitioning to ISO 14001:2015, please contact NPT Management Systems today.