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Responsible Care® RC14001 - Technical Specification

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has created two Technical Specifications that addresses the environment, health, safety and security.  They are RC14001 and RCMS

RC14001 is based on the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and has been expanded to address the Responsible Care® Principles.  The registration to this standard will address all customer requirements for registration to ISO 14001.

Note 1: RC14001 registration is open to all companies but the RCMS document is limited to ACC and ACC Affiliate members.

Note 2: This standard has been revised in May of 2013.  External Auditors will begin auditing to this standard in September of 2013 and all audits will be to the revised standards as of January 1, 2014.

Major changes to RC14001 are limited in nature and primarily deal with having the organization address:

  • Energy efficiency consideration for aspects,
  • Waste minimization, reuse, and recycling for aspects, and
  • Addition of Product Safety as a consideration*.

* ACC members are required to address the Product Safety, Process Safety, and Security codes, as “other requirements to which the organization subscribes”.  External auditors will be required to verify these requirements are being met per the ACC time-line.


The application of the RC14001 standard is to provide organizations with the elements of an effective Environmental, Health, Safety & Security Management System (EHS&SMS) that can be integrated with or into other management systems requirements, to assist organizations achieve their environmental, health, safety, security and economic goals and objectives.  The overall aim is to support security, health and safety, environmental protection and prevention of pollution in balance with socioeconomic needs. The success of an EHS&SMS depends on a commitment from all levels and functions within an organization and especially from senior or top management.

RC14001 enables an organization to establish and assess the effectiveness of procedures to set a policy including objectives, achieve conformance with them, and to demonstrate conformance to others, including interested external parties.

RC14001 shares common management system principles with ISO 9000 and OHSAS 18001 system standards. While the 9000 series of standards deal with customer needs, an EHS&SMS addresses the needs of a broad range of interested parties and evolving needs of society for the protection of the environment, security, health and safety.


Training Offered

RC14001 Awareness/Overview

RC14001 Internal Auditor Training 

RC14001 Implementation

Document Writing

On-line Training Courses


Services Offered

Initial System Evaluation (Gap Analysis)

Documentation Development

Implementation Assistance and Guidance

Final System Evaluation (Dress Rehearsal)

Hands-on Auditing

Contract Internal Auditing Program

Compliance Auditing


Also see our Risk-Based Performance page