On Wednesday this week I will be the UK Expert at the ISO Technical Committee undertaking the revision process of ISO14004: General guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques. It's exciting to be involved in developing the guidance to ISO14001, a standard I have been helping organisations implement for the best part of 15 years.
This is the second, but first full meeting of ISO14004. It is being held over 3 days in Rochester, NY State, USA. There is likely to be another 4 meetings before the final international standard is published in January 2015. A draft document will be available in Dec 2013 / Jan 2014.
The aim of the ISO14004 is to provide guidance on the establishment, implementation, maintenance and improvement of an EMS. It provides guidelines only and does not aim to provide interpretations of the requirements of ISO14001. ISO14004 has helped organisations throughout the world from SMEs to large multinationals implement ISO14001. ISO14004 is well used. According to BSI it is one of the more popular guidance management system standards in the UK and according to a recent IEMA survey 50% of readers have a copy. It's therefore vital that we get this revision right to help organisations new to ISO14001 but also existing users who will need to implement the changes brought about by the revision and to help some organisations reinvigorate their current EMS.
I shall keep you up to date on how the meeting has progressed and would welcome your comments to this blog or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.