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Expected outcomes for Accredited Certification to ISO 14001

The International Accreditation Forum ( IAF ) and the International organization for Standardization ( ISO ) support the following concise statement of outcomes that are to be expected as a result of accredited certification to ISO 14001 . The intent is to promote a common focus throughout the entire conformity assessment chain in order to achieve these expected outcomes and thereby enhsnCe the vslue snd relevsnCe of SCCredited Certification .

IS0 14001 certification is frequently used in both private and public sectors to increase the confidence level of interested parties in an organization' s environmental management system .
IS0 is the developer and publisher of ISO 14001 , but does not itself carry out auditing and certification . These services are performed independently of ISO by certification bodies . ISO does not control such bodies , but does develop voluntary International Standards to encourage good practice in their activities on a worldwide basis . For example , ISO / IEC 17021 specifies the requirements for bodies providing auditing and certification of management systems .
One option for certification bodies wishing to provide further confidence in their services is to apply to be accredited as competent by an IAF recognized national accreditation body . The IAF is an international association whose membership includes the national accreditation bodies of 49 economies . ISO does not control such bodies , but does develop voluntary International Standards such as ISO / IEC 17011 whichspecifiesthegeneralrequirementsforcarryingoutaccreditation .
NOTE : Accredited certification is only one way that an organization may demonstrate conformity to ISO 14001 ISO does not promote accredited certification over other conformity assessment methodologies