The attainment of Environmental Certification represents the achievement of an extremely important objective for an Organization because it demonstrates its commitment with regard to a very critical issue and above all because it translates in enhanced production processes.
The purpose of the certification of an EMS is to ascertain, through an initial audit and subsequent maintenance audits, that the applicant Organization operates in compliance with the UNI EN ISO 14001 standard. The audits performed by APAVE CERTIFICATION ITALIA do not replace, nor are they related to those carried out by the competent public authorities.
The certification process, adopted by APAVE CERTIFICATION ITALIA, provides for the conduct of audits over a three-year period, which leads to the issue, after an initial certification audit, of a document of conformity, the validity of which is subject to the positive outcome of subsequent maintenance audits.
How is the certification granted?
- Phase 1: Phase 1 of the certification process of the EMS (Environmental Management System), is carried out at the Organization and consists of an analysis of the documentation related to the management system as well as the verification of legislative compliance (authorizations, permits, etc.) ;
- Phase 2: Phase 2 of the EMS certification process, carried out in the field, allows the assessment of the compliance of the environmental management system with regard to the activities and/or type of work which is the object of the scope of application of the system.
Maintenance audits are designed to assess the continued compliance of the EMS (including legal requirements) and the effective and efficient treatment of any findings (which APAVE CERTIFICATION ITALY classifies as Non-Compliance, Observations and Comments) found in previous audits.
Every three years, APAVE CERTIFICATION ITALIA carries out an audit aimed at evaluating the overall and continuous effectiveness of the EMS.
This activity takes into account the performance of the EMS throughout the entire certification period, including a review of the documentation and an audit that evaluates the entire EMS.
What are the advantages of having a certified environmental management system?
- The ability to participate in international tenders;
- Provides and guarantees reliability towards third parties;
- Improvement of competitiveness.
UNI EN ISO 14001
The standard establishes the requirements of an environmental management system. It is a standard of good practice with voluntary adhesion, recognized by the CEN (European Standardization Body).