Every organization benefits from ISO 14001 certification – regardless of size. The internationally recognized and accepted certificate shows the public, contractual partners and customers in equal measure that your company takes environmental protection seriously.
The requirements of an environmental management system are defined in the DIN EN ISO 14001 standard. The aim is to continuously improve the environmental performance of organizations and companies, comply with legal and other obligations and thus achieve environmental objectives. Everything is incorporated in the standard – from planning to monitoring and improvement. The requirements apply to companies and organizations of every kind and size, as well as to different geographical, cultural, social or ecological conditions.
What are the advantages of certification to ISO 14001?
An environmental management system certified to ISO 14001 has the following advantages:
- Internationally recognized
- Competitive advantages
- Legal certainty
- Identification of any error sources and risks for environmental protection
- Building of environmental consciousness in the company
- Continuous improvement of the environmental management system and environmental performance
- Cost savings
What is the process for certification to ISO 14001?
The certification procedure consists of a document inspection in advance and a subsequent on-site company audit. The certification is divided into six steps:
1. On-site readiness assessment
2. Documentation check
3. Certification audit
4. Awarding of certificate
5. Monitoring audit
What is tested and evaluated?
As part of the certification process, the requirements of an environmental management system set out in the standard are tested and assessed, including:
- Context of the organization with specification of application area
- Management / environmental policy
- Operational realization
- Assessment of performance
How long is the certification valid?
The TÜV PROFiCERT certificate for DIN EN ISO 14001 is awarded upon successful completion of the certification process. It is valid for three years and must be confirmed every year by a monitoring audit. A re-certification is performed after three years.