Category Archives: Auditing

Viewopoints on environmental auditing & the impact of certification / accreditation on business

NEWT.N – A web app for HSI assessment of ponds


The Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) for Great Crested Newts is based on the HSI methodology developed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a means of evaluating habitat quality and quantity using a numerical index, between 0 and 1. … Continue reading

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OHSMS Auditor Competence Criteria published


The European cooperation for Accreditation (EA) has recently published a new document to facilitate a harmonized approach for accreditation of certification bodies providing certification of Occupational Health and Safety management systems (OHSMS). The document entitled “EA – 3/13 EA Document on the Application … Continue reading

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Key ISMS Amendments


Users including certified organisations, certification bodies and their auditors & National Accreditation Bodies should be aware of amendments made by way of a corrigenda to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and ISO/IEC 27002:2013. It is not often that ISO issue corrigenda (or amendments) … Continue reading

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UPDATE: IAF Mandatory Documents with application in 2016


As a periodic update (as at 28 July 2016) to the IAF (International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Mandatory Documents (MD), you should note that the following MD’s have application dates in 2016 and so are likely to form part of an … Continue reading

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Environment Agency ESOS Newsletter No. 3 – 2016


Following my earlier posts regarding the Environment Agency’s Newsletters on the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (see Environment Agency ESOS Newsletter No. 1), the Environment Agency has published its third newsletter for 2016. As the impact of the first phase of ESOS is being … Continue reading

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Interpretation Process for ISO 14001:2015


As part of the publication of ISO 14001:2015, the ISO TC207 Sub-Committee SC1 agreed an Interpretation Process at their plenary meeting in New Delhi, India on 10 September 2015. Their resolution has gone, largely, unnoticed until now but it has wider implications for … Continue reading

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All change for Accreditation Standards


There has been a flurry of activity on the development of International Standards to support accreditation and, in particular, auditor competence within certification / registrar bodies. A summary of the latest positions are given below: ISO/IEC 17011 This International Standard … Continue reading

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