EMS auditors face increased scrutiny

The UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) is to beef up its assessment of bodies awarding certificates for environmental management systems (EMSs) after its own "customer satisfaction survey" confirmed a lack of confidence in certification - in line with findings of an ENDS survey in 2003. Organisations representing certification bodies say they can "live with" the planned new regime, although some members are angry while others are sceptical. Meanwhile, a new international report aims to spell out stakeholder expectations for regulatory compliance under EMSs.

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