C2.5 BS 8555:2003


The full title of the document is:

“BS 8555:2003 Environmental management systems. Guide to the phased implementation of an environmental management system including the use of environmental performance evaluation”.


BS 8555

BS 8555 builds on ISO 14001 and EMAS. It provides guidance to organisations on the phased implementation of an EMS.

The standard is applicable to all organisations, but appears to be predominantly aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It outlines a phased implementation of six stages, with progression towards full implementation. Therefore, it can be used by small companies who may not be in a position to implement a fully-fledged EMS or require a longer implementation period.