Environmental Management Systems Scheme

Environmental Management Systems Scheme

The scheme is intended for those conformity assessment bodies that wish to certify organisations to AS/NZS ISO 14001 Environmental management systems - Requirements with guidance for use. Certification under this scheme helps organisations minimise the harmful effects of their activities on the environment, meet legal environmental requirements, and achieve continual improvement of their environmental performance.

The certification standard recognised under the scheme is:

ISO 14001:2015 Environmental management systems – Requirements (or the identical domestic version AS/NZS ISO 14001:2016)

ISO 14001 is aligned with other management systems standards such as ISO 9001, allowing organisations to easily integrate systems.

As a management systems scheme, applicant CABs will need to comply with ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 – Conformity Assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems.  In addition, they will need to meet the competence requirements specified in ISO/IEC 17021-2 - Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems - Part 2: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of environmental management systems.


  • Promotes effective and efficient environmental management and provides a framework for an effective environmental management system for organisations.
  • Assures staff, customers and other external stakeholders that environmental impacts are being measured and reduced.
  • Helps organisations improve resource efficiency, reduce waste, and drive down costs.

Scheme owner

International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

More information

An application pack, application form and other relevant material is not available on this site. These documents are available through our SharePoint portal. If you are a body that we currently accredit, you can access this information through the Shared CAB Portal. If you are a new applicant, please complete an application enquiry form. Once this form is submitted, the Secretariat will contact you to advise the next steps.  For other stakeholders, please submit your inquiry through the online feedback form.