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ISO 14001 Steps to Certification

Employing an environmental management system is a significant undertaking but an extremely worthwhile one for any organisation. We offer a comprehensive range of services to aid businesses on their pathway to ISO 14001 environmental management systems certification with us.  Certification Europe has developed a step by step guide to aid companies in implementing the standard during their journey to ISO 14001 certification by us

This International Standard is based on the methodology known as Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA).

PDCA can be briefly described as follows.

  • Plan: establish the objectives and processes necessary to deliver results in accordance with the organization's environmental policy.
  • Do: implement the processes.
  • Check: monitor and measure processes against environmental policy, objectives, targets, legal and other requirements, and report the results.
  • Act: take actions to continually improve performance of the environmental management system.

Guidelines for implementing ISO 14001 EMS Certification

Select a standard

Initially you should read the ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Systems pages on our website. Then you should download the brochure and view our ISO 14001 You Tube videos which explain the standard in detail. Contact the Certification Europe team who can provide you with the information and support you need to make the choice for your company when selecting a standard.

Develop your environmental policy

Your company’s environmental policy will affirm your commitment to complying with the regulatory and legal requirements of the standard which your state demands; to continual organisational enhancements and improvement; and to the prevention of pollution by your organisation. We recommend that once finalised you share your environmental policy with your customers and the public.

Develop and review objectives

Once you have outlined an environmental policy you should now identify the sections of your business that impact on the environment. You should also ascertain the legal and regulatory requirements protruding to your organisation in the region. Finally we recommend that you develop objectives and targets for environmental improvement within the organisation and a management programme to achieve them. The management programme should identify a team of staff members who will become owners of tasks for the company.


With your assembled team in place and processes developed it is crucial that you attain involvement and understanding from senior management downwards. We offer a wide range of ISO 140001 training to meet the needs of your company, which can be tailored to a company’s size and needs. Please click on the training button for further information.


As an accredited certification body we cannot implement an environmental management system for you. However we can perform an ISO 14001 Gap Analysis Audit which will identify where your organisation meets the requirements of ISO 14001 and where gaps exist. In summary the assessment takes a snap shot of the organisation at a point in time, and assesses how it would match up to the main sections of the standard ISO 14001. Following the assessment, the auditor/audit team will produce a documented report on any areas where existing practices may fall short of the requirements of the standard. This allows the organisation to have a clear understanding of the areas that need to be addressed in order to progress towards formal certification.


The ISO 14001 Certification assessment is a two stage process; Stage one: Pre-certification audit and Stage two: Certification audit.

The Stage one audit is an initial review of your environmental management system, the auditor will check that your company’s environmental policy, manual and procedures meet the minimum requirements of the standard.

The Stage 2 audit is an audit of the effectiveness of the system, the auditor will close out on any issues highlighted during stage one and will dig deeper into your management system to ensure best practice environmental management is being embraced by the organisation.

ISO 14001 EMS Certification

Once you have successfully completed your last audit we will issue your company with a certificate of registration, clearly explaining the scope of your management system. The certificate is valid for three years. You are required to submit your management system for assessment post certification via the surveillance process. The first surveillance visit is due within six months of the recommendation of your certification. Thereafter frequency of surveillance will be agreed between you and your auditor but will at minimum be conducted annually.



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