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Quality Glossary Definition: ISO 14000

ISO 14000 is a series of international, voluntary environmental management standards, guides, and technical reports. The standards specify requirements for establishing an environmental policy, determining environmental impacts of products or services, planning environmental objectives, implementing programs to meet objectives, and conducting corrective action and management review.


The primary objective of the ISO 14000 series of standards is to promote effective environmental management systems in organizations. The standards seek to provide cost-effective tools that make use of best practices for organizing and applying information about environmental management.

The ISO 14000 family was developed in response to a recognized industry need for standardization. With different organizational approaches to environmental management, comparisons of systems and collaboration had proved difficult.   

ISO 14000 facts

ISO 14000 history

  • The first environmental management system standard, BS 7750, was published in 1992 by the BSI group
  • In 1996, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) created the ISO 14000 family of standards
  • ISO 14001 underwent revision in 2004
  • The current revision of ISO 14001 was published in September 2015

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ASQ/ANSI/ISO 14001:2015 - Environmental management systems - Requirements and guidance for use

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