Management Review Explained [ISO 14001 Procedure Template]

What is a Management Review for ISO 14001?

The Top management team must periodically review the environmental management system (EMS) to ensure its continuing suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness. The frequency or intervals of the Top management’s formal review must be defined in the EMS. The management review must address the possible need for changes to policy, objectives, targets, and other elements of the EMS.


The company's senior managers should regularly review the EMS for effectiveness. Usually, the reviews are recorded so that external auditors can see the management is kept up to date with the results of monitoring.

What is the Purpose of Management Review of EMS?

  1. Determine and evaluate environmental management system (EMS) performance
  2. Determine the need for change and improvement, recommendations for improvement
  3. Determine the suitability of the policies and the objectives

Management review schedule

How Often Should We Schedule A Management Review of the EMS?

ISO standards state the frequency or intervals of reviews must be defined in the EMS by the Management Team.

The frequency of management reviews might be quarterly, six monthly or annually. You may decide to have stand-alone management reviews or combine it with other business activities, e.g. strategic planning, business planning, operations meetings or functional reviews.

How's Best to Document your ISO 14001 Management Reviews?

It is not a mandatory requirement to document your ISO 14001 management review process for achieving certification, however, we find it useful for the business and recommend you develop and implement a Management Review Procedure that defines:

  • Management review responsibilities - at what level of management, senior manager, facility manager etc.
  • Management review scheduling
  • Management review inputs (agenda)
  • Management review outputs (minutes, actions)

What Should Be Reviewed?

Customer feedback, audit findings & audit results (using a gap analysis tool or ISO 14001 audit checklist), as well as Internal and external issues should be discussed by the management team; processes performance, EMS objectives, preventive actions, recommendations for improvement - and their potential effect on the strategic direction of the organization.

The management review meetings must address the possible need for changes to policy, objectives, targets, and other elements of the EMS.

The management review process must ensure that the necessary information is collected ahead of time to allow management to effectively carry out this evaluation.


  1. Minutes from previous management reviews
  2. The policies, objectives and targets
  3. Results of EMS and process audits
  4. The extent to which objectives and the numeric targets were met

Suitability and effectiveness of the EMS based possible changing circumstances that may include:


  1. New or proposed legislation or regulations
  2. External providers and suppliers performance
  3. Changing expectations/requirements of relevant interested parties (customer feedback, customer requirements)
  4. New or modified activities, products, or services
  5. Advances in technology and science
  6. Changing market preferences of buyers

All management reviews must be documented. Observations, conclusions, and recommendations for further necessary action from the review must be recorded. If any corrective action must be taken, Top management should follow up to ensure that the action was effectively implemented.

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9.3.2 Inputs

This now includes additional requirements for your organization to have a structured management review process that includes discussion of internal and external issue changes, and its potential effect on the strategic direction of your organization.

Your organization’s management review process must also include discussion of external provider’s, and other supplier’s performance. It must also include an assessment of risk management actions.

Auditors should expect to evidence the same outputs from management reviews as at present. However, they should note that the results of management reviews can now be held in any format that the organization chooses.

The Management Review Process Should Focus on the Following INPUTS:

  1. The status of actions from previous management reviews considered during management review
  2. Changes in:
    1. External and internal issues that are relevant to the EMS
    2. Compliance obligations and other expectations of interested parties
    3. Significant environmental aspects
    4. Risks and opportunities
  3. The extent to which objectives have been met
  4. Information on our organization’s environmental performance, including trends in:
    1. Non-conformities and corrective actions
    2. Monitoring and measurement results
    3. Compliance obligations fulfilment
    4. Audit results
  5. The adequacy of resources
  6. Communications from interested parties, including complaints
  7. Opportunities for continual improvement

Auditors now expect to see evidence of a more strategically focused management review. Context, risks and opportunities need to be considered, as well as the alignment of the EMS to the organization’s overall strategic objectives.

9.3.3 Outputs

You should seek and record evidence of outputs from the management review process, there should be evidence of decisions regarding output from the management review process includes decisions and actions related to:

  1. Conclusions on the continuing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness of the EMS
  2. Decisions related to continual improvement opportunities
  3. Decisions on any need for changes to the EMS, including resource needs
  4. Actions if needed, when objectives have not been met
  5. 5. Opportunities to improve integration of the environmental management system with other business processes, if needed
  6. Any implications for the strategic direction of the organization

Management review output is documented in the minutes of the review meeting:

  • Action items are highlighted to ensure that they are easily identifiable
  • Action items include the assignment of responsibility
  • Action items include timeframe and allocation of resources for implementation

Auditors will expect to see evidence of the same types output from the management reviews as per the previous version of the standard. However, note that the results of management reviews may now be held in any format that your organization chooses.

Organizations are now required to retain documented information as evidence of the results of the management reviews

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