ISO 14001 Auditing Practices Group

Welcome to the page of the ISO 14001 Auditing Practices Group.

This page has been established as an on-line source of papers and presentations on auditing EMSs.  The ideas, examples and explanations given reflect the process-based approach that is essential for auditing the requirements of ISO 14001 Environmental management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use. The information is primarily aimed at EMS auditors, consultants and practitioners.

The papers and presentations that make up the content of this website are not definitive.  They reflect a number of different views in EMS auditing. As such, their content may not always be consistent.  It is not intended that the content will be used as specified requirements, an industry benchmark, or as criteria that all EMS auditors, consultants or practitioners have to follow.

Feedback from users will be used by the ISO 14001 Auditing Practices Group to determine whether additional guidance documents should be developed, or if these current ones should be revised. Comments on the papers or presentations can be sent to the following email address:

The items listed under "EMS auditing topics" below have papers and presentations associated with them.  Simply click on one of the links to view and download the relevant document.

The ISO 14001 Auditing Practices Group is constituted as an informal group of EMS experts, auditors and practitioners, drawn from the ISO Technical Committee 207 SC 1 Environmental management systems and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

A sister web page for the Accreditation Auditing Practices Group has been established to provide guidance to accreditation auditors.


EMS auditing topics for ISO 14001:2015

Introduction to the ISO 14001 APG

EMS APG Audit and certification of the  reliability of environmental information

EMS APG Auditing External Providers

EMS APG Life Cycle perspective

EMS APG Improvement

EMS APG Risks and Opportunities

Environmental auditor competences example