RCMS® and RC14001® Responsible Care®: Environmental

The chemical industry’s global initiative to improve performance

In the chemical industry, the framework most widely used by companies to manage and achieve continual improvement in their safety, health and environmental performance is known as Responsible Care®. The initiative is implemented in more than 50 nations and is led by members of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA).

The United States’ ICCA representative, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), requires member companies and partners to achieve independent certification of their Responsible Care Management System® for continued ACC membership.  There are two certification options which can be pursued: RCMS® and RC14001®.

RCMS® certification by LRQA: an option to demonstrate your Responsible Care® commitment.

The Responsible Care Management System® (RCMS®) specification establishes a set of management system principles and requirements to consolidate and enhance implementation of the Guiding Principles and Codes of Management Practice.  Like RC14001®, RCMS® follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act management system model,

In addition, RCMS® offers:

  • optional periodic surveillance;
  • flexibility in site visit selection and specifying how requirements in certain areas are met; and
  • structure and terminology familiar to ACC members

Over two-thirds of the world’s top ten chemical companies choose LRQA for certification.

RC14001® certification by LRQA: an option to simultaneously demonstrate your Responsible Care® and ISO 14001 commitment.

Responsible Care® 14001 (RC14001®) allows companies to simultaneously meet Responsible Care® commitments while also certifying to the internationally recognized Environmental Management System standard, ISO 14001.  RC14001® creates a rigorous and broad set of requirements that drive a company to achieve performance excellence in its environment, health, safety, and security programs.

In addition, RC14001®:

  • Focuses on a larger sample of sites and
  • Promotes continual improvement through surveillance visits

RCMS® and RC14001® certification by LRQA, an international registrar of the chemical industry.

At LRQA, we are passionate about what we do, and our reputation in management systems certification is renowned worldwide.

LRQA is a market leader in the provision of assessment, certification and training services to the chemical industry, and our clients are among the largest names within the sector.  In fact, over two-thirds of the world’s top ten chemical companies choose LRQA for certification.

LRQA assessors are industry specialists and experts who are matched with your business needs enabling an effective and robust audit of your system.

Our Business Assurance approach ensures our assessments focus on the areas and issues that are important to your business.

As one of the first certification bodies recognized to offer RCMS and RC14001 certification, we understand system requirements and can therefore tailor our approach to help meet your objectives.

Beyond certification, LRQA provides an extensive range of services to support your business’ future growth and development, including training solutions and integrated management system assessments. 

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