What are the ISO 14001 Clauses?

At the core of the standard are the first three clauses that deal with the terms and definitions, the scope of the standard, and the standard's terms and definitions. There are no requirements in these three clauses but they do provide a deeper understanding of the intent and the terminology used throughout the standard.

There are then a further seven clauses, which do contain requirements.

ISO 14001 ten clauses

The 10 Clauses of ISO 14001

The standard’s format is based on Annex SL, the current high-level structure which is a common framework for all ISO management systems.

  1. Scope
  2. Normative References
  3. Terms and Definition
  4. Context of the Organization
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Operations
  9. Performance Evaluation
  10. Improvement

Clauses 4 to 7, the 'requirements' of ISO 14001, are divided into sub-clauses covering the specific requirements that any business needs to set up and manage their environmental management system.

Using the PDCA Methodology for each Clause

The PDCA cycle is recognized by ISO as an approved management methodology and is compulsory within the scope of ISO 14001.


ISO 14001 Clauses - PLAN

ISO 14001 Clauses - DO

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  • ISO 14001 Clauses - CHECK

    ISO 14001 Clauses - ACT

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