ISO Amended to address Climate Change

ISO Standards have been Amended to cover climate change

This February, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released amendments to several ISO standards.

  • ISO 9001
  • ISO 14001
  • ISO 45001

The amendments cover climate change. Section 4.1 of these three standards, the amendment requires the organization to determine whether climate change is a relevant issue impacting their management system.  Also, a note has been added to section 4.2 stating that relevant interested parties may require requirements about climate change. Here are some FAQs:

Why these requirements were added?

Consistent with the London Declaration on Climate Change, ISO amended these standards to clarify the need for organizations to consider the impact. The amendment calls out this specific topic as having a potential impact.

What does this mean if you are already certified?

If organizations have considered environmental impacts, nothing is needed.  If it is needed, they must consider whether climate change impacts their management system. There are a number of ways to address this.

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