ISO/FDIS 14001 Issued on July 2, 2015
The latest milestone in the ISO 14001 revision process was reached on July 2, 2015 with the issue of ISO/FDIS 14001. This document is the final draft before the publication of the standard (scheduled for September 2015).
The normal procedure is that only editorial changes to the text are introduced between the issue of the FDIS and final publication of the standard, therefore FDIS 14001 should contain all the requirements of the final version of ISO 14001:2015.
Specifically related to lifecycle thinking, organizations will be required to extend its control and influence to the life cycle environmental impacts of the product/service, meaning from raw material acquisition/generation to end-of-life treatment. This does not introduce a formal requirement to do a life cycle assessment (LCA), but requires integration of life cycle thinking about all the stages of product/service that can be controlled or influenced by the organization.
Organizations already certified to ISO 14001:2004 will have three years, from formal publication of ISO 14001:2015, to transfer to the new version of this standard, expectably up to the end on September 2018.
More information on the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Revision: