We are an inspection company who is looking forward to get certified for ISO 14001:2015, to that end we already started preparation of required Documents (manual) As per the standard ISO 14001:2015, it is stated that Management has to appoint EMS representative. Can it be someone from admin staff (for eg. Office Manager) who can take up this role provided he is qualified for the position.
In the new version of the standard ISO 9001:2015 it is not mandatory to appoint a management representative, instead organizations have different ways to appoint responsibility. Actually, the standard states that the responsibilities can be assigned to an individual, several individuals or a member of top management.
So if you choose to use a management representative, this person needs to have the necessary training and knowledge of the standard and also the ability to coordinate all aspects of the QMS. Therefore if you think the office manager meets these requirements he/she can take up this role.