BS EN ISO 14021:2016 Environmental labels and declarations. Self-declared environmental claims (Type II environmental labelling)

BS EN ISO 14021:2016

Environmental labels and declarations. Self-declared environmental claims (Type II environmental labelling)

Status : Current, Under review   Published : April 2016
Conformity to regulation : Designated



What is this standard about?

It is an international standard which specifies requirements for self-declared environmental claims relating to products.

Who is this standard for?

  • Manufacturers
  • Importers
  • Distributors
  • Retailers
  • Anyone making an environmental claim
  • Purchasers of products with environmental claims

Why should you use this standard? 

The proliferation of environmental claims has created a need for environmental labelling standards which require that consideration be given to all relevant aspects of the life cycle of the product when such claims are developed. 

BS EN ISO 14021 describes selected terms commonly used in environmental claims and gives qualifications for their use. This international standard also describes a general evaluation and verification methodology for self-declared environmental claims and specific evaluation and verification methods for the selected claims in this standard.

In self-declared environmental claims, assurance of reliability is essential. It’s important that verification is properly conducted to avoid negative market effects such as trade barriers or unfair competition, which can arise from unreliable and deceptive environmental claims. 

The evaluation methodology used by those who make environmental claims should be clear, transparent, scientifically sound and documented so that those who purchase or may potentially purchase products can be ensured of the validity of the claims.

NOTE: BS EN ISO 14021 does not preclude, override, or in any way change, legally required environmental information, claims or labelling, or any other applicable legal requirements.

What’s changed since the last update?

  • The standard has been systematically reviewed by experts internationally to harmonize environmental claims
  • Amendments have been made relating to the statements, symbols or graphics on product or packaging labels
  • Updates have been made relating to digital or electronic media, such as the Internet
  • Other updates make and some normative references added

Standard NumberBS EN ISO 14021:2016
TitleEnvironmental labels and declarations. Self-declared environmental claims (Type II environmental labelling)
StatusCurrent, Under review
Publication Date30 April 2016
Conformity to regulationDesignated
Confirm Date03 June 2021
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)ISO 7000, ISO 14020, ISO/TS 14067
Informative References(Provided for Information)ASTM D5209-92, PBI 27-1993, ASTM D5271-93, ISO/IEC 17025, ISO 8561, IEC 60675, ISO 14851, ISO 9439, ISO 9004, ISO 10707, ISO 14044, ASTM D5525-94, ISO 14025:2006, ISO 9408, IEC 60379, AS 4082-1992, ISO 14855-1, ASTM D5272-92, ANSI/ASQC E4-1994, DIN V 54900-2, ASTM D5071-91, ISO/IEC Guide 14, DIN V 54900-3, ASTM D5510-94, ASTM D3826-91, IEC 61429, ASTM D5663-95, ASTM D5247-92, ASTM D5833-95, ASTM D6003-96, IEC 60705, IEC 60456, ASTM D5338-93, ASTM D5509-96, IEC 60530, ASTM D5988-96, ISO 5801:2017, ISO 7827, IEC 60531, BS 7500:1995, IEC 60661, BS EN ISO 14852:2018, EN 45001:1989, ISO 5151:2017, IEC 60436, ISO 15042:2017, ISO 14852:2018, ISO 13253:2017, IEC 60350, ISO 7371, DIN V 54900-4, ASTM D5526-94, ASTM D5208-91, ASTM D5511-94, ASTM D5210-92, ISO 14853, ASTM D5437-93, ISO 11469, ISO 14040:2006, IEC 61121, ASTM D6002-96, ISO 8187, ISO 13256, ASTM D5834-95, ISO/TR 14049, ASTM D5512-96
International RelationshipsISO 14021:2016,EN ISO 14021:2016
DescriptorsEnvironmental engineering, Labelling (process), Symbols, Verification, Reliability, Labels, Declarations, Trade marks, Consumer goods, Conformity, Self-certification schemes, Marking, Quality assurance, Ecology, Production, Grades (quality), Selection
Title in FrenchMarquage et déclarations environnementaux. Autodéclarations environnementales (Étiquetage de type II)
Title in GermanUmweltkennzeichnungen und -deklarationen. Umweltbezogene Anbietererklärungen (Umweltkennzeichnung Typ II)
ISBN978 0 580 86959 4
File Size1.202 MB

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