After the amendment of the ISO 14001 in 2015, the EU Commission has developed the annexes of the EMAS regulation further in order to maintain compatibility of the systems. For EMAS organizations there is a need for adjustment, since the amendments to the annexes I to III in the environmental management system are to be integrated. We described the content changes in our last newsletter. The amending regulation (EU) 2017/1505 with the revised annexes I-III can be reviewed here.
According to our information, the new requirements (including the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 set out in annex II) must be implemented by the next review date. A so-called monitoring audit within a validation cycle is also considered to be a review date. If the next review date with the environmental expert is scheduled before 14. March 2018, this date can be postponed by up to 6 months.
We will inform you about this as soon as this information is officially available.
Your contact at Arqum: Dr. Uwe Götz