The International Standards Organization plans to publish the new ISO standards 14001: 2015 on environmental management in September of 2015.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):
New ISO standard will be published in September
In order to respond to market changes and demands, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) plans to publish the new ISO standard 14001: 2015 on environmental management in September 2015.
The Commission to Promote Competition in Costa Rica found that to include ISO certification as a requirement to participate in government contracts, violates the principle of free competition.
From the COPROCOM Competition Bulletin for January-February 2011:
Recruitment Process Management, ISO and other requirements.
"Regarding the application of ISO by the Administration, COPROCOM considers that while these practices promote friendly environmental practices and quality conditions for the population, the implementation of some provisions, presented as suggestions in the Manual for the implementation of procurement in the public sector in Costa Rica, (prepared by the Information Technology Industrial Management Foundation , CEGESTI, together with the Comptroller General of the Republic), without taking into account competition goals, have led to an unjustified restriction to market access harming the principle of free competition, protected by both the Constitution and the Law on Promotion of Competition and Effective Consumer Defense."