An ISO 14001 audit is an essential part of implementing the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). It is a systematic, independent, objective and documented process for gathering facts in order to identify areas for improvement and ensure you have best practice processes in place.
Regular audits of your ISO 14001 management system and the processes within it will help you to:
The ISO 14001 standard recommends you carry out regular internal and external audits which is why auditing is an important part of the QMS ISO 14001 certification process.
Internal audits are your own checks against your business activities to make sure that they align with the documented processes of your Environmental Management System. They should be formal, impartial, objective, and organised in accordance with your documented internal audit procedures.
By looking at how things are done and comparing them with how they should be done, you can identify areas for improvement. You should record these observations and review the audit results at regular management review meetings, which should occur between one and four times a year.
We will arrange for a qualified ISO 14001 auditor to check that your organisation is following the procedures in your Documented Environmental Management System. Once you have achieved certification, you will need a fresh audit each year. This is to ensure your management system remains up to date and that you continue to benefit from the ISO 14001 system.
Our auditors can perform either a standard ISO 14001 audit or an audit that meets your specific requirements. Please visit our third party auditing page for more information.