DIN EN ISO 14001

The DIN EN ISO 14001 "Environmental Management Systems - Specification with Instruction for Application" supports enterprises in the establishment and development of company environmental management systems. The superordinate goal of the standard is to support environmental protection and avoid environmental impacts in conformity with socio-economic requirements. The elements: environmental policy, planning, implementation and execution, control and corrective measures as well as evaluation by the top management should enable the enterprises to specify an environmental policy and concrete objectives as well as to reach the conformity with these and prove this to others.

To support organizations establishing or improving internal eco-management systems, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developed ISO 14001 - a standard that is valid world-wide. Since October 1996, the DIN EN ISO 14001 "Environmental management systems - Specification with guidance for use" is considered to have the status of a German Standard. The introduction of DIN EN ISO 14001 points out that it is not aimed to create "non-tarrif barriers" to trade or to increase making of legal regulations. It shall however enable organizations to formulate an environmental policy and objectives, control its efficiency, and accomplish and demonstrate conformance with it. The overall object of this international standard is to promote environmental protection and avoidance of pollution with a view to social economics. According to a compilation of the Federal Environmental Agency, at the end of 1999, about 11 000 companies around the world had been certified according to ISO 14001.
The Copyright of DIN EN ISO 14001 is reserved by the DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. (German Institute for Standardization). The Beuth Verlag GmbH, 10772 Berlin, is responsible for the distribution of the standard.

Elements of DIN EN ISO 14001

  • Environmental policy
  • Planning
  • Implementation and Operation
  • Checking and Corrective Action
  • Management Review
  • Certifications to the DIN EN ISO 14001 standard

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