Environmental Management Systems – Your A – Z guide

EMAS Supervision and Verification 

EMAS logo The EMAS Regulation identifies a number of responsibilities for implementing and enforcing the Scheme's requirements. These are explained below.

Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Responsible for appointing the Competent Body and the Accreditation Body. Also responsible for promoting the scheme and for ensuring implementation.

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
The EMAS competent body responsible for registering, suspending or deleting sites. Contributes to promoting of the scheme and is responsible for this web site.

United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)
The EMAS accreditation body responsible for ensuring the competence of environmental verifiers, through witnessed assessments and ongoing supervision of their activities.

Competent Enforcement Authority
Responsible for informing the Competent Body (the IEMA) if an organisation is in breach of legal requirements. Depending on the location of the organisation, the regulators are the Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and/ or the Northern Ireland Environment and Heritage Service, the DTI and the local authority.

Environmental Verifier
Responsible for validating that the organisation's policy and management system comply with the requirements of the regulation and that the information in the environmental statement is accurate and reliable. A full list of verifiers is available from UKAS:

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