ISO 14000 Certification

Companies can meet Federal Environmental Protection Agency Requirements through ISO 14000 Certification

In today's global market, companies realize that business is not just about selling products and services. It's also about protecting the environment. ISO 14000 certification is a series of environmental management standards developed by the International Organization for Standardization, commonly known as ISO (derived from the Greek word isos, meaning equal).

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ISO 14000 certification helps companies ensure that they meet environmental challenges and regulatory requirements. An electronic management system (EMS) can be critical to this process. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the use of EMS to help organizations improve their environmental performance.

The MasterControl quality management suite is an integrated, configurable, and easy-to-use software solution can help facilitate ISO 14000 compliance. Here's how MasterControl can help companies achieve ISO 14000 certification -- and at the same time-- keep compliance costs down:

ISO 14000 (ISO 14001) Requirements

MasterControl Features

( ISO 14001 Clause 4.4.4, 4.4.5 )

Operational requirements include documentation of environmental policy and environmental management system and controlling records pertaining to both.

To ensure ISO 14000 certification, MasterControl Documents automates routing, escalation, approval, and delivery of SOPs, policies, and other documentation. Provides a centralized Web-based repository that's secure, but at the same time accessible to all authorized users. To further ensure ISO 14000 certification, MasterControl provides automatic revision control to ensure that only the current version of an SOP is available. When a user makes a change in the InfoCard (the MasterControl tool that provides basic information for every record), the user must enter a reason for the change. The system tracks these changes and makes them available through reports.

( ISO 14001 Clause 4.4.2 )

An organization must ensure that employees whose jobs could potentially have a significant environmental impact are competent. It must identify training needs, deliver training and awareness programs, and maintain training records.

To ensure ISO 14000 certification, MasterControl Training automates assignment and monitoring of training tasks and grading of online exams. Allows sequencing of training courses, so after a prerequisite is completed, the next course is automatically launched. Provides group sign-off feature for verifying training of large groups of employees.

( ISO14001 Clause 4.5.3 )

An organization must establish and maintain management procedures to correct nonconformances and to achieve ISO 14000 Certification.

To ensure ISO 14000 certification, MasterControl CAPA integrates the corrective and preventive action process with other quality processes. Provides best-practice "8D" process that guides the quality team through every step of CAPA. A CAPA form can be launched directly from another form (i.e., a nonconformance report). Automatically enters relevant data into a CAPA form, reducing data entry and eliminating errors from manual transfer of information. Provides customizable reporting capabilities to help managers monitor entire quality management life cycle.

( ISO 14001 Clause 4.5.5 )

An organization must perform internal environmental management audits.

To ensure ISO 14000 certification, MasterControl Audit™ automates, streamlines, and effectively manages the audit process. Provides advanced tracking capability, from scheduling and planning to execution and completion. Offers best practice forms for tracking basic audit information and audit findings. To further ensure ISO 14000 certification, MasterControl automates scheduling of all recurring audit-related activities and provides analytics and reporting capability for increased management visibility.

( ISO 14001 Clause 4.6 )

An organization must review the suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness of its environmental management system.

One of the best ways to assess the effectiveness of a company's environmental management system is by gathering customer feedback, especially complaints. To ensure ISO 14000 certification, MasterControl Customer Complaints™ streamlines the complaint-handling process and reduces the lifecycle from submission to resolution. A simple, three-step process is incorporated in a pre-configured, multi-page form that starts with processing of a complaint, moving to internal investigation, and culminating with issue resolution.

( ISO 14001 Clause 4.5.3, 4.4 )

ISO 14000 certification requirements include correction of nonconformities, including modification of documents to deal with nonconformities, and at the same time maintaining procedures to control documents.

To ensure ISO 14000 certification, MasterControl Change Control™ streamlines the entire change control procedure for faster turnaround. It offers a best-practice form that incorporates priority level and prompts risk assessment and classification of the change as low, medium, or high. Customizable reports provide real-time status of change control tasks and the entire quality system.

Compliant - Sustained Compliance with ISO 14000 Certification

MasterControl is compliant, helping you meet the requirements of ISO 14000 and other ISO standards (e.g., ISO 9001 2000, ISO 14971, ISO 13485, etc.) year after year, while keeping compliance costs down.

Connected - Integrated Quality Management Suite for ISO 14000 Certification

MasterControl is connected, giving you the ability to link the environmental management system with quality and other processes.

Complete - Enterprise-wide Product Application of ISO 14000 Certification

MasterControl is complete, meeting every department's needs to ensure that quality initiatives are enforced across the enterprise, thereby facilitating your ability to be ISO 14000 certified.

For More Information on ISO 14000 Certification

To learn more about MasterControl and how MasterControl solutions can streamline ISO 14000 certification, as well as ISO compliance with the requirements of any other ISO standard, please feel free to contact a MasterControl representative.