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ISO 14000 Family of Standards

ISO 14000 is a series of standards developed by International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to help organizations to reduce their impact on the environment.

The core of the ISO 14000 family of standards is ISO 14001:2015, but there are related standards to help you implement, evaluate, and improve your ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.

NOTE: Organizations do not become certified in the ISO 14000 series, they ONLY register to ISO 14001:2015. The other documents will help an organization implement an EMS, audit properly, etc.

ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental Management Systems
Requirements with guidance for use

Overall Understanding and Implementation
ISO 14004:2016 – Environmental Management Systems
General guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques

ISO 14005:2019 – Environmental Management Systems
Guidelines for a flexible approach to a phased implementation

Evaluating Strategic and Financial Consequences
ISO 14007 – (under development) Environmental Management
Determining Environmental Costs and Benefits — Guidance

ISO 14008:2019 – Monetary valuation of environmental impacts from specific emissions and use of natural resources

Policy and Organizational Elements
ISO 14006:2011 – (under revision) Environmental Management Systems
Guidelines for incorporating ecodesign

ISO 14009 – (under development)
Guidelines for incorporating redesign of products and components to improve material circulation

Evaluating Consequences of Environmental Aspects
ISO 14002-1 – (under development)  Environmental Management Systems
Guidelines for applying the ISO 14001 framework to environmental aspects and environmental conditions by environmental topic areas

NOTE: Organizations do not register to ISO 14000 as a series, they ONLY register to ISO 14001:2015.  The other documents will help an organization implement an EMS, audit properly, etc.

What standards support the ISO 14000 series?

Other ISO quality standards were created to support the ISO 14001 family, and not all start with ISO 14000. These include:

  • ISO 19011:2018 – Auditing requirements of an EMS
  • ISO/IEC 17050 – Conformity assessment – suppliers’ declaration of conformity requirements

NOTE: Depending on the nature of the business that an organization is involved in, some of the other standards listed may apply. 


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