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ISO Publishes a New International Standard for Auditing Energy Management Systems

Originally published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

An effective energy management system is an essential business ingredient and having it certified to a recognized standard can bring a number of benefits. Now the certification process is even better with a new standard for auditors and certification bodies who certify to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)'s energy management system standards.

Providing effective tools for auditing bodies
ISO 50003:2014, Energy management systems - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of energy management systems, is designed to assist bodies that offer audit and certification by providing the requirements to ensure competence, consistency, and impartiality in the auditing and certification process.

Intended to be used with ISO/IEC 17021:2011, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems, it provides the specific technical areas needed to ensure the effectiveness of the audit and certification.

This includes the additional requirements necessary for the audit planning process, the initial certification audit, conducting the on-site audit, and ensuring the people conducting the audit have the right skills to do so.

Part of a growing range
ISO 50003:2014 is the latest in the energy management family of standards, which includes ISO 50001 for the development of an energy management system and ISO 50002 that sets out the basic principles and requirements for carrying out energy audits. More to come in the range include:

  • ISO 50004 on guidance for the implementation, maintenance and improvement of an energy management system
  • ISO 50006 on measuring energy performance using energy baselines (EnB) and energy performance indicators (EnPI)
  • ISO 50015 on the measurement and verification of energy performance in organizations

Development of ISO 50003:2014 was overseen by ISO Technical Committee (TC) 242, Energy Management. The U.S. holds the chairmanship of TC 242, with Roland Risser from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) serving as chair. As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) serves as ISO TC 242 secretariat in partnership with ABNT, the Brazilian member body to ISO. Within the U.S., input to TC 242 is coordinated by the Georgia Institute of Technology Energy and Sustainability Services (GT ESS), which ANSI has accredited as administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the committee.

To purchase ISO 50003:2014, or the full energy management systems collection, which includes ISO 50001, ISO 50002, and ISO 50003, visit the ANSI eStandards Store (ESS) at


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