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Applying for registration in the EMAS Register


EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is a Community eco-management and audit scheme of the European Community. This tool helps organisations to improve their environmental performance. The introduction of EMAS is not required by law.

EMAS starts with an inventory, the so-called environmental assessment and leads through the establishment of an environmental management system (processes, organization, responsibilities) with documentation to the preparation of an environmental statement.

Finally, an approved environmental verifier checks the system put in place and the information in the environmental statement.

If this assessment is positive, the registration is finally carried out by the responsible Chamber of Industry and Commerce or Chamber of Crafts. Once registered in the EMAS register, your organisation may bear the EMAS logo.

Registration is valid for three years, four years for small organisations. It must then be extended. To retain registration, your organization must submit an updated environmental statement each year.

  • Conducting an environmental assessment by the organization
  • Establishment of an environmental management system
  • Publication of an environmental statement
  • Verification of management system and environmental statement by an approved expert

- The environmental statement validated by an approved environmental verifier

Orient themselves to:

  • the cost rates of the environmental verifier and
  • the fee rates of the competent chambers responsible for registration in the EMAS Register

The EMAS register entry is valid for three years, for small organisations up to four years.

The examination of the initial registration by the board, including the planned consultation with the authorities, takes an average of six to eight weeks.

Detailed information on how to file an objection can be found in the decision on registration or non-registration in the EMAS register.

For the EMAS registration of IHK member companies and other organisations from Saxony-Anhalt, the IHK Halle-Dessau is the central EMAS registration office. Craft enterprises from Saxony-Anhalt submit their application to the Chamber of Crafts Halle (Saale).

  • Forms: EMASregistration form from your registrar
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: no

Registration in the EMAS register is the final step towards the introduction of EMAS in your organisation:

  • Your organization must first conduct an environmental audit. This is used to determine what impact your organization has on the environment. As a result of the environmental assessment, your organization must submit an environmental statement.
  • Independent environmental verifiers approved by the German Accreditation and Approval Society for Environmental Auditors (DAU) check the environmental statement and the implementation of EMAS requirements in the organisation.
  • After validation, you must apply for registration in the EMAS registry at the chamber responsible for your organisation (IHK/HWK).
  • The board examines your documents. It informs the Lower Environmental Protection Agency about the planned registration. The authority has four weeks to comment on the registration.
  • If there is no negative feedback from the lower Environmental Protection Agency, the chamber will assign a registration number to your organization.
  • After registration, you are entitled to use EMASLogo for the duration of the registration. It is valid for three or four years for small organisations.
  • To maintain this, you must submit an updated environmental statement to the registry every year.

Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce

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