other industry programs. It recently published an agency policy that essentially says that environmental management systems (EMSs) are good systems for organizations to use. ISO 14001 appears to have a framework for a good EMS. However, at this point, EPA will not be offering additional benefits or incentives to organizations that undertake ISO 14001 registration. EPA needs to understand whether any correlation exists between the use of ISO 14001 and the tendency of organizations to achieve or even exceed compliance or to improve their overall environmental performance. Consequently, EPA is involved in a series of pilot projects and is evaluating the results.