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Change in EMAS Regulation

2017-09-06

European Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1505 was recently published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) amending Annexes I, II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS).

The regulation will come into force on 20 September. Companies are required to adapt their EMAS management systems before 14 September 2018, which is also the deadline date for transitioning environmental management systems to ISO 14001:2015.

Regulation 1505/2017 consists of 3 articles and an annex; which in turn contains annexes I, II and III of Regulation 1221/2009, revised and adapted according to the requirements of ISO 14001:2015. The most significant changes it includes are:

- Annex I “Environmental analysis”: with the addition of new areas to be approached, such as the organisational framework, identifying relevant stakeholders and establishing their relevant requirements and expectations, and determining risks and opportunities and the documentation this entails.

- Annex II “Management system requirements”: with additional requirements for organisations applying EMAS.

- Annex III “Internal environmental audit”: with the requirement to report to management on levels of compliance with legal and other requirements, and on the measures adopted to guarantee compliance can be proven through audits.

Since the ISO 14001:2015 standard was approved the European Commission has been working with Member States to incorporate the new elements of the latest version into the EMAS Regulation requirements.


 

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