ISO 14000---where to from here? R. Martin and S. Sleeman. Pipeline Gas J., May 1997, 224(5), 28--30.
The ISO 14000 standard is recommended for achieving acceptable environmental performance. It is described as an evolving series of generic standards developed to provide a structure for managing varied environmental issues. The standards include a broad range of disciplines such as basic management, auditing, performance evaluation, product labelling, and life-cycle assessment. Almost all are guideline standards which means that they are descriptive documents and not specific requirements. The exception is ISO 14001 which defines an environmental management system and is not a technical product standard. The implementation of ISO 14001 is discussed and third-party certification and self-declaration are both regarded as acceptable methods.