EPA supports and promotes the development and use of EMSs, including those based on the ISO 14001 standard (the international standard for EMSs), that help an organization achieve its environmental obligations and broaden environmental performance goals. EPA does not specifically favor ISO 14001 over other EMS models or approaches. The Plan-Do-Check-Act/Continual Improvement approach used by ISO 14001 and similar models has proven to be effective as applied to environmental management, but not all facilities have modeled their EMSs on ISO 14001.
EPA is also committed to implementing an EMS for its own employees, operations and facilities that focuses on compliance, pollution prevention and public outreach.
For a fuller discussion of EPA's policy and approaches to EMS development, including the new EMS Position Statement and the new EPA's Own EMS Policy, please see the links below.