Management system certification / Voluntary assessment
Basis for Certification (certification standard):
REGULATION (EC) NO. 1221/2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 25 November 2009
The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme system enables organisations to participate in a community scheme for environmental management and environmental-management audits. Standard owners are the EU Parliament and the EU Council.
What does the standard EMAS cover?
EMAS establishes the requirements for certifiable environmental management systems (abbreviated: “EMS”) for organisations and, in case of successful certification, leads to the organisation's entry in the EMAS register. Requirements include, but are not limited to:
- The organisation has established a management system suitable for continuously improving the organisation's environmental impacts, achieving compliance with legal and other environmental requirements, and reaching its environmental objectives.
- The organisation identified its significant environmental aspects and the associated environmental impacts.
- The organisation defined suitable criteria for the control of environmentally relevant processes. The entire EMS is subject to an ongoing surveillance process. This applies in particular to compliance with legal and other environmental requirements. The organisation monitors and evaluates achievement of environmental objectives and continuous improvement with the help of suitable performance indicators.
- By issuing an environmental statement, the organisation appropriately informs the general public of the organisation's environmental aspects and environmental performance.