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Strahinja Stojanovic

List of mandatory documents required by ISO 14001:2015

Since the publication of the new revision of ISO 14001 last month, many people are wondering what documents are mandatory in this new 2015 revision. How many documents are required?

So, here is the list – below you will see not only mandatory documents, but also the most commonly used documents for ISO 14001 implementation.

Mandatory documents and records required by ISO 14001:2015

Here are the documents you need to produce if you want to be compliant with ISO 14001:

  • Scope of the EMS (clause 4.3)
  • Environmental policy (clause 5.2)
  • Risk and opportunities to be addressed and processes needed (clause 6.1.1)
  • Criteria for evaluation of significant environmental aspects (clause 6.1.2)
  • Environmental aspects with associated environmental impacts (clause 6.1.2)
  • Significant environmental aspects (clause 6.1.2)
  • Environmental objectives and plans for achieving them (clause 6.2)
  • Operational control (clause 8.1)
  • Emergency preparedness and response (clause 8.2)

And, here are the mandatory records:

  • Compliance obligations record (clause 6.1.3)
  • Records of training, skills, experience and qualifications (clause 7.2)
  • Evidence of communication (clause 7.4)
  • Monitoring and measurement results (clause 9.1.1)
  • Internal audit program (clause 9.2)
  • Results of internal audits (clause 9.2)
  • Results of the management review (clause 9.3)
  • Results of corrective actions (clause 10.1)

Non-mandatory documents

There are numerous non-mandatory documents that can be used for ISO 14001 implementation. However, I find these non-mandatory documents to be most commonly used:

  • Procedure for determining context of the organization and interested parties (clauses 4.1 and 4.2)
  • Procedure for identification and evaluation of environmental aspects and risks (clauses 6.1.1 and 6.1.2)
  • Competence, training and awareness procedure (clauses 7.2 and 7.3)
  • Procedure for communication (clause 7.4)
  • Procedure for document and record control (clause 7.5)
  • Procedure for internal audit (clause 9.2)
  • Procedure for management review (clause 9.3)
  • Procedure for management of nonconformities and corrective actions (clause 10.2)

So, this is it – what do you think? Is this too much to write? Do these documents cover all aspects of environmental management?

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10 responses to “List of mandatory documents required by ISO 14001:2015”

  1. Pritam Magar says:

    I want template of manual for iso14001:2015 standards

  2. Atul Sharma says:

    Hello sir,

    Please guide me from where we come to know that which Compliance obligations requirements related to EMS 14001:2015 is applicable to our organization.

    Atul Sharma

    • Strahinja Stojanovic says:

      Dear Atul,

      There are various compliance obligations and depending on their origin, you will need to search for them in different places. First, there are legal requirements and you can find information about them with your local authorities. Then there are also contractual requirements, requirements regarding licences, permits, etc. Most of them you can find within your own documentation.

      Best regards,


  3. Lalit sharma says:

    Sir can you share best format for aspect impact and EMS MRM templets

  4. Vicki Pomroy says:

    Is there specific requirements by NYS and NYC for ISO 14001 certification?

    • Strahinja Stojanovic says:

      Dear Vicky,

      I’m not sure what you mean by NYS and NYC, can you please provide clarification and I will be happy to provide you with an answer.

      Best regards,


  5. senthil kumar Vital says:

    Dear all,
    if possible please share the best template for compliance obligations in ISO 14001:2015

    Thanks in advance..

    Senthil Kumar V

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