The Evolution of ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is at the core of environmental management systems. Since it’s inception in 1992, it has dictated the standards that make for an environmentally responsible organization. It has morphed into a system that not only works towards the best practices for the environment but also for leadership and communication. Here is a look at the events and changes ISO 14001 has undergone over the years.

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1992: The widespread success of ISO 9000 causes ISO to begin work on the ISO 14001 series.

1996: ISO publishes the first version of the ISO 14001 standards.

2004: ISO revises their Environmental Management Standards to ISO 14001:2004.

2015: ISO 14001:2015 is published with the 3 year transition timeline beginning 9/15/15.

2017: No new certifications to ISO 14001:2004 after 9/15/17, only ISO 14001:2015

2018: Companies certified to ISO 14001:2004 are required to upgrade to ISO 14001:2015 by 9/14/18.

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