Dr. Ulrich Größmann Environmental Consultancy
In accordance with Art. 20 of the EC EMAS-Regulation (Regulation [EEC] 1836/93 - EMAS) previous experiences with this scheme need to be assessed. In March/April 2001, the amended Regulation (Regulation [EC] 761/2001 - EMAS II) will enter into force.
EMAS II is substantially clearer in structure when compared to the previous regulation. Many aspects and requirements of the new regulation are now explicitly defined. The substantive differences between EMAS and EMAS II are outlined in a table.
The regulation (EC) 761/2001 can be downloaded here.
According to the EMAS Regulation (see point 18 of the Preamble):
"The commission should […] establish guidelines in partnership with EMAS interested
parties for the purpose of ensuring consistent implementation of the EMAS requirements
across Member States. In drafting such guidelines, the Commission should take
account of Community policy on the environment and in particular Community legislation
as well as international commitments where relevant."
Information on the new ISO 9000:2000
Finally, on Dec. 15, 2000, the new standards ISO 9000 ff. were disclosed. The past series of ISO 9000 ff. rules, dating from the year 1994, have been replaced by a completely new set of rules, aimed at:
Businesses and enterprises which have installed a quality management system in accordance with the old ISO standards 9001/2/3, it appears advisable to introduce the new standard as soon as possible. It is application-friendlier and addresses enterprise processes, i.e. the new standard is more suited to practical application than the previous ones. If you require support in applying the new standards, we can offer inhouse training courses.