EMS survey reveals widespread concerns over certification

An opinion survey conducted by ENDS and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment has revealed significant concerns about the effectiveness of environmental management systems and the quality of their certification.1 One in three respondents felt that management systems do not inherently deliver sustained environmental performance. Nearly half felt that certification bodies are not sufficiently competent. In December, the UK Accreditation Service announced action to address the failure of certification to meet stakeholder expectations.

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