An Integrated Management System (IMS) is a single system incorporating the requirements of two or more auditable standards. Any combination that includes at least two of the following standards will be considered to be an integrated system.
Integrated systems will include a combination of:
- ISO 9001 (Quality)
- ISO 14001 (Environmental)
- OHSAS 18001 (Health & Safety)
Benefits of an Integrated System
Elements that are common to all standards enable organisations to benefit from taking a more comprehensive approach to their management system requirements in relation to their daily business activities.
An integrated system is a single documented system that contains a complete policy statement and inclusive objectives combining:
- Document control
- Records control
- Internal auditing
- Management reviews
- Process controls and procedural documentation
Benefits of this approach include:
- Improved communication
- Training and awareness
- Improved analysis of data
- Reduced resource commitment
- Reduced external audit costs
- Reduced external surveillance audit requirement
Your scope of audits can be extended at a later date to include further standards. These may be integrated with your current registration once a certificate has been issued for the new standard(s) following a successful audit.
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