Question on ISO 14001:2015 - Are annual audits required?

Angie

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I have question on ISO 14001:2015; once company is certified with 3rd party does the company need to have yearly audit, or is the requirement one audit every 3 years?
 
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Sidney Vianna

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I have question on ISO 14001:2015; once company is certified with 3rd party does the company need to have yearly audit, or is the requirement one audit every 3 years?
Are you referring to the CB audits or the internal audits? If it is the former, annual audits are required by the accreditation authorities.
 

Ron Rompen

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Angie: You/the company are required to verify ongoing maintenance of your EMS by internal audits. It's been a while since I've worked with this standard, so I don't want to (incorrectly) tell you what the frequency is required to be.
These are supplemented by 3rd party audits (your registrar) on a regular basis. I believe all of this is specified in section 9.2 of the standard.
 

Angie

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Thank you both very much! We are just starting, and this is all new to me. Are there specific requirements for 14001 auditors (internal)? Does the company need at least one internal auditor with specific training (outside)?
 

Randy

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Thank you both very much! We are just starting, and this is all new to me. Are there specific requirements for 14001 auditors (internal)? Does the company need at least one internal auditor with specific training (outside)?
Nope, what you need are auditors that meet the competency requirements you create. No outside training is required at all.
 

Randy

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Angie: You/the company are required to verify ongoing maintenance of your EMS by internal audits. It's been a while since I've worked with this standard, so I don't want to (incorrectly) tell you what the frequency is required to be.
These are supplemented by 3rd party audits (your registrar) on a regular basis. I believe all of this is specified in section 9.2 of the standard.
1st the internal audit is not supplemented by the CB audit....Nope, no way, no how, ain't gonna happen anytime, any place.

The frequency is clearly stated to be at "planned intervals" in 9.2.1.... Totally open for debate but there is no calendar description for frequency.....
 

Pjservan

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Internal Audit requirements are similar or the same as ISO 9001. No set frequency, you have to set it up and manage according to your related risks. Training also similar to ISO 9001, as @sydneyvianna stated, you set the meaningful competency requirements. Please note that EMS audits are different from regulatory compliance audits so different set of competencies may be required.
 

junior1505

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Greetings of the day, Angie,
Minimum of 3 Internal audits and one surveliance audit is necessary by the CB.
Though there is no standard requirement, yet the renowned and international accredited CB prefer it.
Regards.
 
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