ISO 14000 - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
1. What is ISO?
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from each country. The object of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating international exchange of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity. The results of ISO technical work are published as International Standards. 2. What is ISO 14000?
ISO 14000 is the general term used for ISO 14000 family of standards published by International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The ISO 14000 family addresses various aspects of environmental management. It provides a framework for the development environmental management system. 3. What is the role of BIS in ISO 14000?
BIS is the National Standards Body of India and is a founder member of ISO. BIS represents India, in ISO. The Technical Committee (TC) number 207 (ISO/TC 207), and its Sub-committees of ISO are responsible for the development of ISO 14000 standards. Industry experts from India including BIS officers nominated by BIS participate in the meetings of the Technical Committee ISO/TC 207 and its Sub-committees. 4. What is IS/ISO 14001?
ISO 14001 ‘Environmental Management Systems – Specifications with Guidance for use’ is a standard and adopted by BIS as IS/ISO 14001. IS/ISO 14001 is the exact replica of ISO 14001. It is a requirements standard. It contains a set of requirements to define the operation of the Environmental Management System. Since the requirements are expressed in a general form, it has the flexibility to be applied to any organization. It helps an organization to meet its Environmental obligations reliably and consistently. IS/ISO 14001 is the only certification standard in the IS/ISO 14000 family. 5. What is the difference between ISO 14000 standards and IS/ISO 14000 standards? There is no difference. They are exactly the same. BIS had adopted the above mentioned ISO 14000 series of standards and these are numbered as IS/ISO 14000, IS/ISO 14001, IS/ISO 14004.These standards published by BIS are exact replica of ISO 14000 series of standards. BIS also provides certification against IS/ISO 14001 under its Management Systems Certification activity.
Which IS/ISO 14000 standard is meant for certification?
Any organization can apply for certification against IS/ISO 14001. The other standards i.e. IS/ISO 14004 is guidance standard and is not meant for certification. 7. Tell me more about IS/ISO 14004.
IS/ISO 14004 provides guidance on the establishment, implementation, maintenance and improvement of an environmental management system and its coordination with other management systems. The guidelines in IS/ISO 14004 are applicable to any organization, regardless of its size, type, location or level of maturity. While the guidelines in ISO 14004 are consistent with the IS/ISO 14001 environmental management system model, they are not intended to provide interpretations of the requirements of ISO 14001. This standard is not amenable to certification. 8. Where can copies of the IS/ISO 14000 series of standards be obtained?
Copies of the IS/ISO 14000 standards may be purchased from BIS Regional/Branch offices and Headquarters at the addresses given in this website. 9. I want to be an ISO 14001 auditor: where can I get training?
Contact National Institute of Training for Standardization (NITS) of Bureau of Indian Standards at the address: Deputy Director General (Training), National Institute of Training for Standardization, A-20&21, Institutional Area, Sector-62, Noida – 201 307 (Tel: 01202402204-07; Fax: 0120-2402203; Email: email@example.com; Website: www.bis.org.in). Also refer IS/ISO 19011:2002 standard, for auditor’s qualification, training, experience, etc. 10. My organization provides services. How...
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