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No CP content in key EMS documents



Message below forwarded on behalf of Mathias Gelber, my apologies for
cross listings-

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Dear CP stakeholders


I have just come back from Indonesia, where I advised various
stakeholders
on how best to implement the national ISO 14001 infrastructure and how
to
learn from international CP experience. Part of my GTZ funded project
was an
EMS inventory looking at the latest international standards for ISO
14001
accreditation/certification, EMS/Environmental Auditor certification
and
EMS/Environmental Auditor training courses.

I made one major observation I would like to share with you:

Both, the current draft on Criteria for the certification of EMS
auditors by
IATCA (International Auditor Training and Certification Association)
(which
as well outlines guidance on EMS auditor training) and the guidance
document
for ISO 14001 certification by IAF (International Accreditation Forum)
do
not make any reference to Cleaner Production anywhere. Particularly in
the
case of the IATCA document I think this is a lost opportunity. There
will be
thousands of training courses delivered in the next few years along
the
IATCA criteria, as this will be the route to achieve international
recognition of EMS auditor status. The sections relating to
skills/knowledge
of the auditor and relevant training courses talk about "awareness of
abatement technologies" and pollution control, but there is no
reference to
CP.

The market will develop these auditor training courses as it is
currently
with EARA courses and related schemes; no donor agency money will be
needed
to make them happen. On the other hand millions are spent to promote
CP in
Industry, but this market driven opportunity seems to be lost. This is
particularly a pity as with the global interest in ISO 14001 (many
companies
are investing significant money in it including sites in developing
countries) is still growing and dynamic. Below I have pasted the Annex
of
the IATCA document, which is still in its draft format, but it is
expected
to be finalised at the end of the year. I encourage you to make any
comments
you might have to the chair of the IATCA working group on the EMS
auditor
certification criteria as the document is still in draft format:

David Scarfe, Email: dscarfe@qualitysociety.org.au

Additionally the revision of ISO 14001 will start at a meeting at the
end of
April in London and will continue at the TC 207 assembly in June in
Korea.
There are opportunities in this revision debate, as during an SC 1
questionnaire it has been highlighted that various delegations would
like to
see issues like the initial review be tackled and some would like to
see a
stronger focus on source orientated solutions promoted as part of the
prevention of pollution definition in ISO 14001. Even if hardly any CP
stakeholders are present in these negotiations it would be useful if
you
could lobby your national delegations.


Please find below a copy of the Annex of the current IATCA draft 8,
Certification Criteria EMS auditors:


IATCA EMS AUDITOR SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE
This annex provides guidance on the level of competence, described in
terms
of awareness, knowledge and understanding, necessary for the effective
conduct of EMS audits by a single auditor acting alone or as a member
of an
audit team.

This guide shall be used by auditor certification bodies, individual
applicants, employers of auditors, and training course providers for
the
purposes of evaluation, training and employment of IATCA EMS Auditors.

A.            Environmental science and technology
            This to include:
∑        knowledge of monitoring techniques (e.g. emissions,
effluents,
etc);
∑        awareness of abatement technologies;
∑        awareness of life cycle thinking (e.g. ISO 14040);
∑        awareness of environmental media and interactions within
ecosystems.

B.            Technical and environmental aspects of facility
operations
            This to include:
∑        knowledge of aspects and impacts of activities, products and
services;
∑        knowledge and understanding of methods and techniques for
identifying and for evaluating significance;
∑        awareness of relevant operational processes in practice;
∑        awareness of primary or fundamental pollution control
equipment for
air, water, noise, and energy. etc.;
∑        awareness of monitoring and measuring techniques for
environmental
parameters;
∑        knowledge of the human interactions with operational
processes that
have the potential to create environmental impacts.

C.            Relevant requirements of environmental laws, regulations
and
            related documents
            This to include:
∑        awareness of international treaties and agreements;
∑        knowledge of relevant national, regional, and local
requirements,
including:
∑          laws and regulations
∑          codes and guidelines
∑          standards;
∑        knowledge of relevant legal terminology.

D.            Environmental management systems standards and standards
against which
            audits may be conducted
            This to include:
∑        knowledge and understanding of generic EMS objectives and
principles of policies, procedures, practices, and controls;
∑        knowledge and understanding of the elements of typical
management
system standards (e.g. ISO 14001) including:
∑          policy;
∑          planning;
∑          implementation and operations;
∑          checking;
∑          management review and continual improvement.

E.        Audit procedures, processes and techniques
            This to include:
∑        knowledge and understanding of EMS audit principles as
defined in
ISO 14010;
∑        ability to plan, conduct and manage the audit process in
accordance
with ISO 14011, including:
∑          initiating the audit;
∑          preparing for the audit;
∑          performing the audit;
∑          reporting the audit results and audit completion.

Annex 2
GUIDANCE ON BASIC EMS AUDITOR TRAINING
The content and structure shown below should be used by auditor
certification bodies, who require applicants to demonstrate the
competencies
detailed in elements Clause 5. c), d) and e) through formal training
instead
of through the alternatives as indicated in Clause 7.
These competencies may be acquired through a single course, multiple
courses
or part of a larger training program.


1.            Learning Objectives
The learning objectives shall address  the skills and knowledge
identified
in clause 5 c, d & e, and in Annex 1 sections C, D & E.

2.            Content OF COURSE(S)
The content of course(s) should include the following:
∑        The background and general introduction to environmental
issues,
the concept of sustainable development and strategic business drivers;
∑        The background to development of the environmental management
standards and the current status of the ISO 14000 series;
∑        The elements of the standard ISO 14001 and available guidance
on
their application;
∑        The International Accreditation Forum interpretations and
guidelines for 3rd party certification bodies (registrars);
∑        The role of accreditation bodies and the procedures involved
in
certification/registration to ISO 14001;
∑        Different types of environmental audits and assessments
relevant
terminology;
∑        Environmental legislation relevant to pollution control via
emissions to air, discharges to water and disposal to land, including
control over hazardous substances. This should include an overview of
relevant international environmental treaties and agreements;
∑        Evaluation of an organisationís effective implementation of
procedures and methodologies to conform with ISO 14001 with emphasis
on
features described within the following two bullet points below:
∑        Elements of an organisationís EMS including policy and
procedures,
records showing relevant legislation, environmental aspects and
significant
impacts, objectives, targets and programs for achieving continual
improvement and prevention of pollution;
∑        Environmental aspects and methodologies for establishing
significant impacts, management controls over operations and
monitoring of
performance. Rationale for setting priorities, objectives and targets
for
management programs to ensure that actions are taken to achieve
planned
improvements;
∑        EMS audit process and good practice with respect to meeting
the
requirements of ISO 14010 and ISO 14011;
∑        Coverage of the role of the national certification body and
IATCA
requirements for individual certification including continuing
professional
development.

3.            DELIVERY OF AUDITOR TRAINING
            Certified/Accredited Courses
Where training is delivered through certified/accredited courses, the
management of delivery should reflect the requirements set out in
IATCA
Criteria for the Provision of Quality Management System Auditor
Training
Courses; Issue 2; Clauses 4 Ė 7. (as interpreted within an
Environmental
Management Systems context.)
The provision of modules of the training syllabus which is delivered
under
certified/accredited conditions referenced above is permitted.  Such
modules
of training may be appropriate for participants who are able to
demonstrate
to the auditor certification body possession of the requisite prior
knowledge and skills of all areas not addressed by the modular
course(s).


Matthias Gelber
14000 & ONE Solutions Ltd
PO Box 1005
Stoke on Trent
ST4 2XY
Email: 	mgelber@ibm.net

UK:
Tel: 	070000 14000
Fax: 	070000 14001

International:
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