(Re)visionary Thinking

Abstract:The revision process for ISO 14001 - Environmental management systems began in early 2012, with an expected release of a new edition in 2015. The revision working group (WG) is basing the revision on work done by the ISO technical management board joint technical coordination group (TMB JTCG), which created a consistent structure and core requirements for all management system standards. At its first meeting in February 2012 the WG integrated existing ISO 14001 requirements into the format created by the TMB JTCG. The WG's second meeting in June 2012 focused on understanding the recommendations of the ISO/TC 207 subcommittee 1 study group on future challenges for environmental management system standards. The third meeting, scheduled for fall 2012, will include assessment of comments and proposed revisions on the subcommittee's recommendations. Going forward, the WG expects to implement those recommendations and maintain and improve on the requirements of the 2004 revision of ISO 14001 over a …

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