Volume 5 · Issue 12 · December 2000
ISO 14001 Revisions Confirm Little Change Expected
WG 1s meeting in November 2000 involved
three TGs that engaged in the review of several hundred comments.
Joel Charm writes that, unfortunately, the reviewing of comments
by these groups came to resemble the recent recounts in Florida:
the TGs kept reclassifying a number comments on ISO 14001,
making it impossible to establish a set of comments that would
be the focus of revision efforts. A revised edition of ISO
14001 is not expected to be completed until at least June
2003, with a more likely date of June 2004. While this has
been somewhat frustrating to many members of WG 1, Charm notes
that it does not represent a failure by the group to fulfill
its objective: To improve ISO 14001s clarity and usability
without changing it significantly or adding new requirements.
Charm discusses the creation of the Issues/Drafting Task Group,
which will finalize the classification of comments and identify
those that fit WG 1s criteria of acceptable comments
to be addressed in revising ISO 14001, and the "solutions
report". He provides information on the schedule for
ISO 14001 revision activities and a look at the key issues
within the subclauses of ISO 14001:1996 to be dealt with in
the revisions process.