ISO 14001:2015 Changes – Clause 10

10. Improvement

10.1 Changes – General

New clause. Improvements determined by:

  • monitoring, measuring, analysis, evaluation (9.1)
  • internal audit (9.2)
  • management review (9.3)
Take actions to achieve “intended outcomes” referenced in 4.1, 4.4, 5.1.f, and 6.1.1.

10.2 Changes – Nonconformity and Corrective Action

  • Replaces old 4.5.3 on Nonconformity, Corrective Action, and Preventive Action
  • Drops need for separate preventive action
  • Preventive concept covered by 4.1 and 6.1
  • Adds to deal with consequences of nonconformity
  • See if similar nonconformities exist or could occur
  • Adds to keep evidence of “nature” of nonconformity and any subsequent actions taken
10.3 Changes – Continual Improvement

  • Added as separate clause to match Annex SL
  • Adds reason for continual improvement is to enhance environmental performance
Rate, extent, and timescale of actions to support improvement are determined by the organization. May be value in improving EMS, but intended outcome of actions is to enhance performance.