Responsible Care is the U.S. chemical industry's performance improvement initiative. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) launched the Responsible Care initiative more than 16 years ago to ensure that the industry makes health, safety, security, and the environment top priorities. CBs certifying organizations to RC 14001 or RCMS must be accredited by an ACC-recognized AB. ANAB is recognized and accredits CBs to RC 14001 and RCMS. For more information about the standards or ACC, visit the Responsible Care Toolkit.
RC (including RC14001 and RCMS) is a subordinate standard program in ANAB's fee schedule.
Please refer to the information about the accreditation process at How to Become an ANAB-Accredited Certification Body.
You can view the RC14001/RCMS application in .pdf format to understand specific requirements but the application process must be completed online via ANAB's EQM database; first-time EQM users must register to create an account.
Available from the American Chemistry Council:
RC100.04 Index of Responsible Care Management Systems Certification Documents
RC101.03 RCMS Technical Specification
RC151.04 RC14001 Technical Specification
RC152.04 RC14001 Auditor Guidance
RC201.04 Responsible Care Certification Procedure
RC202.03 Responsible Care Strategic Review Board
RC203.03 Responsible Care Technical Oversight Board
RC204.04 Responsible Care Audit Service Provider Requirements
RC205.04 Responsible Care Auditor Qualifications
RC206.04 Responsible Care Auditor Training Course Requirements
Also see requirements for EMS accreditation