On 1 December 2020, the Commission Decision (EU) 2020/1802 of 27 November 2020 amending the user’s guide was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The user’s guide defines the requirements for the utilisation of a sampling method for verification of multisite organisations. As a general rule, each site of an organisation should be visited during each verification/validation exercise. However, the user’s guide recognizes that “applying a sampling method may be appropriate for organisations with multiple sites in order to adapt verification effort without compromising confidence in legal compliance and complete implementation of the management system so that continuous improvements of the environmental performance at each site included in the scope the EMAS-registration can be achieved” (in paragraph 2.4.3.).
The user’s guide defines economic sectors in which:
The user’s guide further specifies that after a successful pilot project in a sector listed in table 10, an evaluation of the pilot project should be presented to the EMAS Committee. This Committee may then recommend to include the sector in the list of sectors in which the use of a sampling method is allowed (Table 9).
Two pilot projects covering three sectors listed in table 10 have been carried out in Germany. It concerns a project in the retail sector (NACE Code 47.1) and a project for residential care activities (NACE Code 87) and social work without accommodation (NACE Code 88). The results of these pilot projects show that NACE Codes 47.1, 87 and 88 appear appropriate for the list of sectors in which the use of a sampling method for verification of multisite organisations is allowed. The Committee recommended to move these sectors from table 10 to table 9 of the user’s guide. The user’s guide was now amended accordingly.
The legal text can be found here. For more information on the multisite registration process for selected sectors, see the FAQ section and this fact sheet. For any further questions, please contact the EMAS Helpdesk.