What is ISO 14001 certification?


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ISO 14001 certification is a certification that demonstrates a product, service, activity or place adheres to the ISO 14001 framework for environmental management. The ISO (International Organization for Standardization) does not administer certification itself; therefore, organizations or communities wishing to gain certification must find an accredited certification body, according to the ISO website.

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The ISO 14001 standard is a standardized environmental management framework that outlines things like environmental labeling, life-cycle assessment, performance evaluation and auditing, according to the EPA. It is designed to ensure that an organization's products, services and activities have limited effects on the environment, reducing energy use and waste.

Certification bodies do not have to be accredited to issue certification, but the ISO recommends choosing an accredited body. Organizations can find accredited certification bodies through the International Accreditation Forum.

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