ISO 14001 Nonconformities

Research into ISO 14001 – Where are nonconformities most likely to come from?

This post provides an overview of the work done for a PhD thesis by Paul Stevens.

This work helped us build the platform we now operate from in supporting our clients implement and manage their ISO certification. It is this approach to management systems that makes us truly stand out from traditional consultants. AVISO works very hard to provide the most useful and bespoke solutions to the problems our clients face.

Our research provided an opportunity to really get to grips with what actual knowledge exists regarding ISO 14001 and what is just hear say.

The research allowed us to review 8500 nonconformities raised against ISO 14001 which in turn allowed to really get under the skin of issues such as:

  • What opportunities exist for integrating multiple management systems?
  • How often each clause of the standard received nonconformities for 850 different companies
  • What clauses of ISO 14001 people think are most likely to cause problems?

Two of the most important outcomes of this research were:

  • A new assessment of integration opportunities for 13 different standards.
  • An detailed and subjective review of the certification ISO 14001 and the perceived and actual barriers to its implementation and management.

If you would like to know more about this research or other work we have done please get in touch.

By Paul Stevens

Posted on: 02/09/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

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Paul Stevens

Hi Fawwaz Al Jucka,

We are just about to publish the results of this research in the Journal of Environmental Management. As soon as this is out I will send you a synopsis of the work and a link to the journal. in the mean time these are the official highlights from the paper:

We identify differences in the occurrence rate of individual clauses for ISO 14001.

Specific clauses of ISO 14001 incur the highest number of nonconformities and have therefore been deemed as presenting greater barriers to achieving certification.

Categorising organisations by size is not the best means to predict patterns in nonconformity. Organisations size is not a related to successful implementation.

It is suggested that new methods of categorising organisations are needed to predict the barriers to implementing Environmental Management Systems.

If you have any other questions or would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact me.

All the best



Fawwaz Al Jucka

I like to get an overview of the analysis and conclusion


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