Frequently Asked Questions About ISO14000 and ISO14001

Are the standards available now?

Portions available now are:

Still being developed are portions of the standards that will address:

To whom will ISO 14000 apply?

All types and sizes of organizations in all geographical, cultural, and social conditions.  At the moment, the electronics, automotive and chemical industries are leading adopters.

Who developed the ISO 14000 standards?

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 207. The scope of TC 207 is standardization in the field of environmental management tools and systems. The standards apply to environmental management tools and systems; they are not product standards, nor do they specify performance or pollutant/effluent levels. Specifically excluded are:

TC 207 cooperates closely with ISO TC 176 on Quality Management (developers of ISO 9000) in the field of environmental management systems and audits.

What is covered by ISO 14000?

Environmental Management System and Environmental Auditing address a wide range of issues, including:

What benefits are anticipated from ISO 14000?

Benefits are many, including:

How can a company get ready for ISO 14000?

How do the ISO 14000 standards relate to the ISO 9000 standards?

Like ISO 9000, the ISO 14000 standards are management standards and not performance specifications. Like ISO 9000, ISO 14000 are voluntary standards expected to have a big influence in the marketplace.

The ISO 14000 standards take much of their approach, structure, and inspiration from the ISO 9000 standards. Just as ISO 9000 does not call for nor guarantee a quality product, ISO 14000 does not establish required performance levels nor set specific methodologies or targets.


This page was updated on 30-Mar-2016