Orthoplastics is anticipating an audit following revisions made to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard. We have been working hard to put in place the modifications required by the updated Standard and feel confident of demonstrating compliance when the audit team pays us a visit later in the year.
What is ISO 14001:2015?
(The 2004 Standard was replaced by the new amended version on 15 September, 2015.)
ISO 14001 is the international standard for environmental management systems (EMS) and the most widely used EMS in the world.
Orthoplastics continues to invest in robust and traceable quality accreditation systems like ISO 14001 so that it can meet the growing expectations and needs of its customers and partners. This ensures that all those that we work with have the confidence in the products and testing facilities that we provide.
Rebecca Field, Compliance and Regulatory Leader, said: “While we are still registered to ISO 14001: 2004, we have adapted our existing procedures to meet the requirements of the 2015 amendment.”
She goes on: “Thanks to a new common structure, the new Standard has a higher level of compatibility with other management standards that we have an interest in, including ISO 9001:2015.”
What has changed?
There are a number of differences between the 2004 and 2015 versions of ISO 14001. In addition to changes in key definitions, there are also several new requirements.
The changes introduced are designed to challenge organisations to implement a more effective management system, capable of achieving better results in environmental performance.
The key change really is that ISO 14001:2015 has much more business management terms and concepts in it. Orthoplastics believe that this will help it to integrate the requirements into its overall business processes, rather than being stand-alone. This is a huge benefit that helps to improve our internal efficiencies, output and response to environmental issues.
Rebecca said: “Orthoplastics is committed to doing its part in conserving and maintaining the environment by adopting responsible systems and processes that meet the new 2015 requirements. We do this because it’s not only important to us, but to our customers.”
Interested in our quality and environmental certifications? Give Rebecca Field our Compliance and Regulatory Leader a call.