RC 14001® and RCMS® Certification

RC is a global, chemical industry performance initiative that is implemented in the United States.

Mandatory for members and partners of the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

Beschreibung Standard/Regelwerk

What are RC 14001® and RCMS®?

 The RC 14001® management system and Responsible Care Management System® (RCMS) were developed by the ACC to integrate the RC® Guiding Principles, Codes of Management Practice and to transform them into a continual improvement-based Plan-Do-Check-Act management system approach.


How can RC management benefit my organization?

Organizations must demonstrate their commitment to gaining structure, improving credibility, and involving employees in their Environmental Health, Safety, and Security efforts. These activities often help to achieve the goal of improved performance.  

This is only achieved when organizations focus on continual improvement, demonstrate employee performance and show planned, focused efforts towards achieving the tenet of the RC Guiding Principles.  Substantial progress has also been made on the issue of third-party verification of RC®, with several associations introducing this element of additional governance and taking steps to complement the process with other verification audits.

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Why you should DQS Inc. for RC 14001® and RCMS®?

As a certification body accredited by ANAB for RC 14001® and approved by ANAB for RCMS®, DQS Inc. recognizes the importance that the RC® program plays for ACC, its members, partners, and the chemical industry in general, through value add assessments.

Each RC® management system implementation is unique and depends on the scope, organization structure, headquarters, site interfaces, and approaches. This is why DQS Inc. treats each RC® certification individually with a customized plan and quote. DQS Inc. was the first certification body globally to certify a client outside the US in Asia. We now offer certification to RC 14001® and conformity assessments to RCMS® as part of our outstanding client service package of management system certifications worldwide.

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What are the steps for the RC 14001® and RCMS® Certifications?

RC 14001®  combines all the elements of the ISO 14001 management system with health, safety, security, and Responsible Care principles for a comprehensive sustainability management system. Registrations satisfy American Chemistry Council requirements, and are valid for three years, contingent upon annual surveillances. A company who successfully implements RC 14001® is entitled to an ANAB accredited certificate in both RC 14001® and ISO 14001.

Option 1 is conducted against the requirements of the RCMS® technical standard. Registrations satisfy American Chemistry Council requirements, and are valid for three years maximum, contingent upon annual surveillances. A company who successfully implements RCMS® Option 1 is entitled to a certificate bearing the ANAB Approved Audit Service Provider logo.

Option 2  is conducted against the requirements of the RCMS® technical standard. A company who successfully implements RCMS® Option 2 is entitled to a Statement of Conformity bearing the ANAB Approved Audit Service Provider logo. These statements of conformity bear only an issue date and may be repeated as often as the company determines or every three years to satisfy American Chemistry Council requirements.


What does RC 14001® and RCMS® cost?

The cost of an RC management system is dependent on many things, including the size of the company. We are happy to put together a customized quote for your organization. 


Why certify with DQS Inc.?

  • Over 35 years of experience in the certification of management systems
  • Industry-experienced auditors and experts with strong technical knowledge
  • Value-adding insights into your company
  • Personalized and U.S. based customer service with international support

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