ISO 50001 2011 Edition tackles the problem of Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use

The new ISO 50001:2011 specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system.  The new document, titled “Energy management systems — Requirements with guidance for use,” is expected to be adopted by the European Union as EN-ISO-50001 and will replace EN-16001.

ISO 50001:2011 specifies requirements applicable to energy use and consumption, including measurement, documentation and reporting, design and procurement practices for equipment, systems, processes and personnel that contribute to energy performance.  And Annex A provides informative guidance on its use.

The ISO standard applies to all variables affecting energy performance that can be monitored and influenced by the organization. However, it does not prescribe specific performance criteria with respect to energy.

ISO 50001 has been designed to be used independently, but it can be aligned or integrated with other management systems.

It is applicable to any organization wishing to ensure that it conforms to its stated energy policy and wishing to demonstrate this to others, such conformity being confirmed either by means of self-evaluation and self-declaration of conformity, or by certification of the energy management system by an external organization.

Energy management can reduce energy consumption, leading to:

  • Reduced energy costs
  • Reduced carbon emissions
  • A more secure supply of energy
  • Improved reputation when implemented with certification
  • ISO 50001 enables organizations to take a systematic approach to energy management. It’s goal is to help companies achieve continual improvement of energy performance, energy efficiency and energy conservation.

    Who should buy this standard?

  • Anyone who wants to reduce their energy costs, reduce carbon emissions or improve their organization’s reputation
  • Those who want a better understanding of international best practice energy management
  • Users of ISO 14001 who want to further develop their management of energy and increase their performance and savings
  • Those responsible for planning and implementing an energy management system
  • ISO 50001:2011 is available from Document Center Inc. at our website,  Or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (   We have been an authorized distributor of ISO standards since the 1990’s.

    European Risk Management Standards center on Medical Devices

    Looking for European Standards on risk management?  If you’re interested in EN standards specific to the region, you’ll find most are focused on medical devices and laboratories.  And they’re almost all adoptions of ISO and IEC standards as well!

    Here’s a list with links to the existing Official English language editions of the EN standards on Risk Management:

    EN 31010:2010 Risk management – Risk assessment techniques,

    CEN ISO/TS 22367:2010 Medical laboratories – Reduction of error through risk management and continual improvement (ISO/TS 22367:2008, including Cor 1:2009),

    EN ISO 10993-1:2009 Biological evaluation of medical devices – Part 1: Evaluation and testing within a risk management process (ISO 10993-1:2009) – Includes Corrigendum 1,

    EN ISO 22442-1:2007 Medical devices utilizing animal tissues and their derivatives – Part 1: Application of risk management (ISO 22442-1:2007),

    EN ISO 14971:2009 Medical devices – Application of risk management to medical devices (ISO 14971:2007, Corrected version 2007-10-01),

    EN 80001-1:2011 Application of risk management for IT-networks incorporating medical devices – Part 1: Roles, responsibilities and activities,

    EN ISO 17666:2003 Space systems – Risk management (ISO 17666:2003),

    EN ISO 15743:2008 Ergonomics of the thermal environment – Cold workplaces – Risk assessment and management (ISO 15743:2008),

    EN 15975-1:2011 Security of drinking water supply – Guidelines for risk and crisis management – Part 1: Crisis management, and

    EN 62305-2:2006 Protection against lightning – Part 2: Risk management.

    EN standards are not available as stand-alone items, but only as reprints by each country in the European Union, released as the EN is adopted.  The official English language editions and other national issues are all available from Document Center Inc. at our website,  You may prefer to contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (  We’re here from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday California time to help you with your standards requirements and questions.

    Finding Standards Expertise Again

    As owner of Document Center Inc. since 1985, I’ve seen tremendous changes in the world of Standards.  And the change that concerns me the most is the lost of Standards Expertise.

    Three trends have caused the loss of personnel with real knowledge of standards, the standards process, and how to manage standards collections.

    The first was MIL Spec Reform during the mid-1990’s.  When the Department of Defense decided to get out of the spec-writing business, the migration to industry-managed standards was a costly exercise for many business.  Information that had been free or extremely low-cost  was  suddenly 5 to 10 times as expensive.  Of course, the true migration of cost was from tax-payer money to fees from the actual document users.  But the pocket book effect significantly reduced the number of standards most businesses used.  With this reduction came the first loss of standards personnel as large standards libraries became obsolete.

    The second trend was the Internationalization of Standards.  As companies started using non-U.S. documents,  the price differential was immediately noticeable.  European information has come with a high price tag.  Again, price pressure caused a reduction in documentation and the personnel to manage that information as companies strove to lower their out-of-pocket costs.

    And finally, the repeated down-sizing and loss of manufacturing facilities in the United States has left many organizations without employees who understand what Standards bring to business.  Thus, many companies are limited in their ability to use Standards to their best advantage.

    Having been in the business for over 25 years, and hearing customers express confusion about Standards every day, this blog represents the perfect opportunity to discuss  common  Standards and Standardization questions.

    I also look forward to discussing trends and issues that are more strategic in nature.  In my mind, standards are one of the foundations of our economy and well-being.  I look forward to being part of a process that improves the effect they have on our world.