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RCMS Choice

Responsible Care Management Systems®

Which One is Right for You?

RC14001 Management System:

  • Includes ISO 14001 and Responsible Care® requirements
  • Focus on aspects and impacts
  • Driven by customer requirement for ISO 14001
  • Stage 1 and Stage 2 registration audit approach and periodic surveillance required
  • Suitable for any facility
  • Headquarters must be certified by 12/31/05 (SME’s by 12/31/06)
  • May be more valuable for organizations with foreign manufacturing sites, or as supplier to non-domestic customers, due to international acceptance of ISO 14001

Responsible Care Management System® (RCMS®):

  • Includes Responsible Care® requirements only — no ISO 14001 requirements
  • Focus on hazards and risks
  • No multi-stage registration audit — no periodic surveillance — recertify every 3 years
  • Focus on headquarters site, with incremental inclusion of production sites
  • Headquarters must be certified by 12/31/05 (SME’s by 12/31/06)
  • May be more valuable for organizations with only domestic manufacturing and supply chain