Who are we?  

We are the ISO Committee with responsibility for ISO 14001 - the international standard for environmental management and other supporting standards, see below for our standards and on the right for our current projects. 

Our vision and mission 

cartoon on people and PDCAWe are responsible for standardization in the field of environmental management systems to support the achievement of ‘sustainability’.

Our focus is to develop and maintain standards in the field of environmental management systems that meet stakeholder needs, are market based and support ‘sustainability’.

We are recognized as the world leader in the development of environmental management system standards that supports ‘sustainability’.

Our standards are recognized nationally and internationally by users and other stakeholders as the EMS standards of choice 

What are the changes in ISO 14001?

The changes in ISO 14001 relate to the following areas:

  • Strategic Environmental Management
  • Leadership 
  • Protecting the environment 
  • Environmental performance 
  • Lifecycle thinking 
  • Communication 
  • Documentation 


ISO 14001- what does achieving FDIS mean?

  • New version of ISO 14001 due by 16 September 2015
  • Significant step for this critical environmental standard which deals with all environmental issues be they water, air, climate change or others in a ‘holistic’ manner
  • Positive meetings in Tokyo and London in 2015 has successfully resolved all comments received on the DIS
  • Consensus building and hard work by all Working Group experts and leadership resulted in over 92% of ISO national standard bodies approving the standard in November 2014
  • Journey to develop the supporting standard ISO 14004 is also on track – DIS vote ended. Team resolving comments

ISO Standards we have responsibility for

  • ISO 14001 Environmental management systems – Requirements with guidance for use
  • ISO 14004 Environmental management systems – General guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques
  • ISO 14005 Environmental management systems – Guidelines for the phased implementation of an environmental management system, including the use of environmental performance evaluation
  • ISO 14006 Environmental management systems – Guidelines for incorporating ecodesign!

Current projects 

Upcoming material


Want to get involved?

Standards are developed by the people who need them – that could mean you. Technical committees include experts from both standards and industry and these experts are put forward by ISO’s national members. If you want to help shape future standards in your field, contact your national member


Mike Henigan
Mike Henigan
Secretary to ISO/TC 207/SC 1

+44 (0) 20 8996 7298


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