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RC 14001:2015

Obtain third-party assurance with RC 14001 and Responsible Care Management Systems.


A leading provider of professional assurance services, LRQA holds an accreditation from the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) for Responsible Care® (RC) 14001:2015 and is also an ANAB approved audit service provider for Responsible Care Management System (RCMS®):2019.

Created by The American Chemistry Council (ACC), both RC 14001 and RCMS® offer an integrated, structured approach to improve company performance in the following key areas: community awareness and emergency response; security; distribution; employee health and safety; pollution prevention; and process and product safety. For ACC members, RC 14001 or RCMS® certification is mandatory.

Certification must be renewed every three years, and companies can obtain RC 14001, which combines Responsible Care and international environmental management standard ISO 14001 certification into a single, cost-effective process. Although originally intended for chemical companies and their suppliers, any company can seek certification. RC 14001:2015 incorporates one of ISO’s most widely used standards to help organizations establish an integrated approach to environmental management.

LRQA provides a complete range of services to help organisations with their certification and verification programs. These include gap analysis, preliminary assessments, transition certification, and training packages that can all be tailored to suit the individual needs of the organisation. “LRQA certifies companies to RC 14001 and RCMS® as well as many other industry standards – putting sustainability at the heart of your business. Better hazard awareness, adequate emergency planning and clear communications with oversight bodies along with a robust RC 14001 system can help ensure that you have these frameworks in place. LRQA assessors are trained to look for these things in the conformity assessments,” said Chris Koci, President, LRQA, Inc. He adds, “LRQA assessors can provide a thorough, value added assessment that helps to improve a company’s Responsible Care Management System.”

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