ISO/DIS 14001:2015, Clause 9

9 Performance Evaluation
9.1 Monitoring, Measurement, Analysis, and Evaluation
9.1.1 General

The draft ISO 14001:2015 standard adds to the Annex SL text that what needs to be monitored and measured must be related to operations (that can have a significant environmental impact), compliance obligations, operational controls, and progress towards meeting environmental objectives (using indicators). The current ISO 14001:2004 standard does not explicitly require the use of indicators, although their use is widespread. Now it is a clear requirement.

ISO/DIS 14001:2015 also adds that the organization must determine the criteria for evaluating its environmental criteria through the use of appropriate indicators. The organization must communicate information relevant to its environmental performance both internally and externally, as determined by its communication process and as required by its compliance obligations.

9.1.2 Evaluation of Compliance
The requirement in clause 4.5.2 of ISO 14001:2004 to evaluate conformity with compliance obligations is still present. The draft ISO 14001:2015 standard requires the organization to determine the compliance evaluation frequency, evaluate compliance (and take action if needed), and maintain knowledge and understanding of its conformity status with compliance obligations.

9.2 Internal Audit
There are no major additions to the core Annex SL text for internal audit.

9.3 Management Review
ISO/DIS 14001:2015 adds that management reviews should consider changes in compliance obligations, significant environmental aspects, and risk associated with threats and opportunities. It also adds that the management reviews must consider communications from external interested parties, the adequacy of resources, and the extent to which objectives have been met.

The additional review outputs required by the draft standard are the conclusions on the continuing suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness of the environmental management system, as well as, actions when objectives have not been met, and any implications for the strategic direction of the organization.