ISO 14001 Certification

ISO 14001 Certification is the International Management system standard that specifies the Basic Management system for Environment and known as Environmental management system (EMS) standard . It provides a framework for any organization that can be sued to establish the environmental performance requirements.

ISO 14001 certification – Environmental management system is a voluntary standard that can be integrated to any of the other management system standards- ISO 9001, ISO 45001 Certification or any other standard which can result in accomplishing the further organizational goals.

The ISO-International Organization of Standardization characterizes an environmental management system as a piece of the administration framework which helps in satisfying the consistence commitments and address the hazard and openings. The framework in ISO 14001 can be clubbed with PDCA – Plan – Do- Check- Act approach for continuous improvement.

Who can go for ISO Certification?

ISO 14001 Certification can be used by any organization that wishes to set up, improve and establish an environmental management system maintain its environmental policy and the objectives requirements. The requirements of the ISO 14001 certification can be integrated with any other Environmental management system standards to the extent to which is determined by various factors such as type of the industry, Environmental policy, Products and service they are offering and the location in which the company is located.

ISO 14001 Standard is relevant to all organizations, regardless of size, location, sector, or industry.

What topics does ISO 14001 Standard cover?

At the highest level, ISO 14001 Certification covers the following topics with regard to environmental management systems:

Context of the organization


Performance evaluation

What are the benefits?

Using ISO 14001:2015 has many benefits for organizations with environmental management systems. Organizations and companies find that using the standard helps them:

1. Improve resource efficiency6. Increase new business opportunities
2. Reduce waste7. Meet legal obligations
3. Drive down costs8. Increase stakeholder and customer trust
4. Provide assurance that environmental impact is being measured9. Improve overall environmental impact
5. Gain competitive advantage in supply chain design10. Manage environmental obligations with consistency

Steps to ISO 14001 Certification in Kuwait:

1. Learn about ISO 14001 Certification

It is very important to have the basic knowledge of the intent of ISO 14001 certification. Unless you do not have the idea of what ISO 14001 is all about, it will be really difficult for you to handle the whole process.

2. Perform ISO Gap Analysis

Once you have studied about ISO 14001 Standard (EMS), you need to perform the GAP Analysis of the implementation of your quality system inline with ISO 14001 Certification requirements.

3. Develop a Project Plant

After the Gap analysis is done, you now have a set of work to be done by your team. Distribute the project to your team according to the departments they are into.

This will help your organization to fill the gaps analyzed during the GAP Analysis.

4. Train Employees for ISO Certifications

It is very important to get the format training of the employees to get the basic knowledge of the standard. Few can get the Awareness training and the top management can get the internal auditor training as this is also the requirement to perform the internal audit and it can only be done by those who have gone through the internal auditor training process.

5. Document your system as per ISO 14001 Certification- Environmental management system Standard.

Now when your team is trained as per ISO 14001 Certification and the work for ISO 9001 certification is distributed to the team. Now is the time for the documentation of the whole ISO 14001 Standard system at one place and mark them as master documents.

6. Implement the ISO Management system

One the ISO 14001 Certification system has been documented, The ISO 14001 Standard documented system needs to be implemented to make sure that the Quality Management System system is written is implied on the organizations management system.

7. Perform Internal Audits

Once the ISO 14001 system has been implemented, there is a requirement to perform the internal audits as Per the requirements of ISO 14001 standard to identify if there are any gaps in the ISO 14001 documented system and the implemented system.

8. Prepare for the ISO 14001 Certification audit

Now when all the above steps are completed, the application for the ISO 14001 certification will be required to be filled for registration. Once the ISO 14001 registration is done, the auditor will come for the audit of the ISO system documented and implemented. Once they find all the system as per the requirements of ISO 14001 are in place, they shall recommend your system to be in compliance of the ISO 14001 standard and shall send your report to the accreditation board for review and issue of final ISO 14001 certificate.

9. Continually improve your ISO 14001 Environmental management system.

There are frequent ISO 9001 surveillance audits also involved in the ISO 14001 certification. This frequency can be Six Monthly, Nine Monthly or yearly. The ISO 14001 system needs to be maintained to keep the records of the system being monitored and maintained as the whole system is liable to be verified during the ISO 14001 surveillance audits.