Avoid Redundancy and Duplication of effort. Combine your ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 27001, ISO 22000 and more into one Integrated Management System (IMS).
A management system that integrates all of your systems and processes into one complete framework, enabling you to work as a single unit with unified objectives.
Integrated management provides a clear picture of all aspects of your organization, how they affect each other and their associated risks. It also means less duplication and makes it easier to adopt new systems in the future.
An integrated management system is aimed at organizations with a single management system which incorporate two or more management system standards (for example ISO 9001+ISO 14001 or ISO 9001+ISO 14001+ISO 18001 or ISO !4001+ISO 18001 or ISO 9001+ISO 22000+ISO 18001 etc)
To successfully achieve integrated management systems certification, you will need to demonstrate that you have one management system that encompasses all existing management systems standards into one structure.
To ensure effective systems, the following functions must be performed:
What is the best approach to take?
Whether an organisation has an existing formal system or not, it is best to adopt the business process approach to management system development. The benefits are that one coherent system can be built which serves business needs and does not tie the organisation to a particular standard. The standards are used to assist identify tasks and processes. This approach starts by looking at the business as a whole and establishing its objectives, mission and core processes which deliver the objectives and achieve this mission.
What types of systems can be integrated?
All systems relevant to the business, whether certifiable or otherwise, can be included. These could include: Quality (ISO 9001); Environment (ISO 14001); Occupational Health & Safety (OHSAS 18001 & BS 8800); Food Safety & Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP); Ethical Trading Practices (SA 8000); Social & Ethical Accounting, Auditing and Reporting (AA 1000); Investor in People (IIP); Law Society Practice Management Standard (LEXCEL), European Directives and CE Markings; Information Security (BS 7799); Quality System Requirements for Automotive Industry Suppliers (ISO/TS 16949 & QS 9000); Quality System Requirements for Telecommunications Industry Suppliers (TL 9000); and Business Excellence Model (BEM).