ISO 14001 - Recognition

Do I have to be certified to the new version of the standard?

No, certification is not compulsory.  Any organization that wishes to demonstrate conformity with an ISO standard may do so by:

  • making a self-determination and self-declaration, or
  • seeking confirmation of its conformance by parties having an interest in the organization, such as customers, or
  • seeking confirmation of its self-declaration by a party external to the organization, or
  • seeking certification/registration of its environmental management system by an external organization.

I am certified to ISO 14001:2004 - what does the change mean for me?

According to International Accreditation Forum (IAF) organisations are granted a three-year transition period after the revised standard has been published to migrate their environmental management system to the new edition of the standard.The IAF information note provides more information

Also check out the transition page on the website and the IAF EMS Audit Practice Group (APG)page


According to the ISO Survey of Certifications 2016, by the end of December 2016, there were more than 346,189 certificates – an increase of 8% over the previous year – in  201 countries.

Growth in certification