ISO 14001 Certification Process
STEP 1: Preparation
If you are new to the ISO 14001 standard you may require some guidance before you start. We run regular ISO training courses which include the official ISO handbook. You can also take a look at our articles which cover tips related to succcessful preparation and implementation. When you're ready, we’ll discuss your requirements and provide you with a competitive quotation so you can budget accurately. Your quotation will be based upon factors such as your organisation's activities, how many locations you operate from and how many people you employ.
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STEP 2: Application
Once you decide to proceed, we'll assign a Lead Assessor to you. He or she will be your principal contact throughout the registration process and beyond. They will build up detailed knowledge of your organisation and will be able to answer any questions you might have. Many of our clients start with a Pre-assessment. This optional service is where we review your current circumstances as part of a Gap Analysis and agree an action plan with you.
STEP 3: Pre-Audit Assessment (known as Stage 1)
Your Lead Assessor will visit you to explain the standard and undertake a conformity assessment of your current arrangements for enviromental management. You will then receive a detailed report including all required actions. Together, you will then determine the appropriate timetable for your Audit Assessment.
STEP 4: Audit Assessment (known as Stage 2)
Once you are ready for your formal Audit Assessment, your Lead Assessor will make the required arrangements for you. On completion, you will be informed of the Auditor's recommendation before he or she leaves your premises.
"We had all sorts of preconceptions about what the implementation process would involve. We were expecting the implementation to be complicated and time consuming. In actual fact, although there was plenty of hard work involved, we found that much of the implementation had already been done and all that was missing was the documentation and evidence to prove it."
Tom Whitehead, United Sustainability Energy Agency
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STEP 5: Registration & Certificate
Following the Auditor's recommendation, your registration will be reviewed and if approved your certification will be confirmed. Soon after, your certificate of conformity to the ISO 14001 standard will be issued and sent to you.
STEP 6: Continual Assessment
Having achieved certification, you'll want to maintain your registration and your Lead Assessor will remain on hand to undertake the required annual reviews to ensure you continue to meet the requirements of ISO 14001.