ISO heightens focus on climate change in changes to management system standards

We are pleased to inform ISO Organization has published an amended to all major standards like: 

  • ISO 9001
  • ISO 14001
  • ISO 45001
  • ISO 22163
  • ISO 28000
  • ISO 29001
  • ISO 37301
  • ISO/IEC 27001
  • ISO 50001
  • ISO/IEC 20000-1
  • ISO 21001
  • ISO 37001
  • ISO 41001
  • ISO 18788
  • ISO 21101
  • ISO 22000
  • ISO 39001,
  • ISO/IEC 19770-1,
  • ISO 44001,
  • ISO 15378,
  • ISO 14298,
  • ISO 16000-40,
  • ISO 30301,
  • ISO 34101-1,
  • ISO 35001,
  • ISO 46001,
  • ISO 21401,
  • ISO 30401,
  • ISO 19443,
  • ISO 22301,
  • ISO 37101,
  • etc. 

to incorporate an addition requirements of CLIMATE CHANGE notes in clause 4.1 and 4.2 effective from Feb 2024. This additions to clauses 4.1 and 4.2 of the related will be as below in bold:

4.1.  Understanding the organization and it :

  • The organization shall determine whether climate change is a relevant issue.
  • New text to be added.

4.2.  Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties

  • NOTE: Relevant interested parties can have requirements related to climate 
  • Note to be added

Although the overall intent of the requirements for clauses 4.1 and 4.2 are unchanged, the inclusions ensure that “climate change” is now considered within the management system and as an external factor important enough for organizations to consider.

Expectations of certified organizations

Certified organisations should ensure that they have considered Climate Change aspects and risks within the development, maintenance, and effectiveness their own management system(s).
Climate Change, along with other issues, should be determined as relevant or not and if so, considered within an evaluation of risk, within the scope of the management systems standards. Where an organisation operates more than one management system (for example Quality Management and Health and Safety Management), it should ensure that Climate Change, if determined to be relevant, is considered within the scope of each management system standard.

It is noted that some climate change aspects and risks may be of a general nature, independent of the applicable management system scope or the industry (e.g. when related to regulatory compliance or operational adaptability and organizational resilience), while others will be specifically indexed to the requirements of the management system standards, to specific industries (e.g. energy production, agriculture and fisheries) and to characteristics of the organization (e.g. geographical location, nature of its supply-chain or workforce dynamics). While the management systems standards have gone through the ISO amendment process, issuing a revised certificate shall not be needed. SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd shall verify the implementation of the new requirements.

Should you have any queries about how this change may affect your certification, please contact our office and we are happy to assist you.

IAF and ISO Publish Joint Communique – IAF

Joint ISO-IAF Communique re Climate Change Amds to ISO MSS Feb 2024a.pdf