The ISO 14000 Series

ISO 14000 is a series of voluntary standards and guideline reference documents which include:

  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Eco Labeling
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Environmental Auditing
  • Environmental Performance Evaluation
  • Environmental Aspects in Product Standards

Functionally, the standards are broadly organized as follows:

Environmental Management Systems: 14001, 14002, 14004

Environmental Auditing: 14010, 10411, 14012

Evaluation of Environmental Performance: 14031

Environmental Labeling: 14020, 14021, 14022, 14023, 14024, 14025

Life Cycle Assessment: 14040, 14041,14042, 14043


The options on the left hand side of this page provide links to pages explaining each of the standards that comprise the ISO 14000 Series


The first step is usually to obtain a copy of the standards themselves. These can be procured either stand alone, or as part of a kit.

For packaged options one of the most popular sources is The ISO 14001 Guide. Individual standards can be obtained here.


ISO 14001 is the only standard intended for registration by a third party (along the lines of ISO 9001 or QS 9000). All the others are for guidance.

Whether seeking formal certification or not, the start point is often difficult: What is required? Where can I get ISO 14001 Policies? Where do I learn about ISO 14000? What about procedures?. The list of questions is long. For most businesses, employing the services of a reputable ISO 9001 consultancy firm is often the best way to obtain accreditation quickly.

Fortunately, there are resources available to help. The one recommended by this portal is The ISO 14000 Toolkit. This offers outstanding value, and includes a number of substantial and quality components: an ISO 14001 policy manual, a set of procedures, a comprehensive ISO 14000 training presentation, an audit checklist, a significant number of data collection forms, etc

Further Information

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