Integrated Management Systems
What is an Integrated Management System?
An Integrated Management System (IMS) is a comprehensive approach to managing and streamlining an organisation’s various business processes, functions and management systems. It’s a way to organise multiple management systems, standards and processes into a single, cohesive framework that is easily managed.
What benefits does an Integrated Management System bring?
Reduced duplication of efforts and one place for all policies, processes and procedures
Lower administration and certification costs
Enhanced collaboration and communication between departments
More consistent processes and compliance
Demonstrates commitment to quality
An Integrated Management System allows your implementation team to create one system that helps to deliver your organisation’s objectives effectively and efficiently.
What organisations can implement an Integrated Management System?
An Integrated Management System is relevant to any organisation, regardless of their industry. By implementing an IMS, the entire workforce is brought together to achieve a single goal that can impact multiple areas of your organisation.
Why is integration possible?
In recent years ISO standards have been updated with the aim of becoming more compatible with other ISO management systems.
The compatibility is managed through a structure called Annex SL.
Annex SL which was previously known as ISO Guide 83 is the latest structure created to address the growing frustration of organisations faced regarding the extra time and resources that it took to implement and certify their various management systems with differing structures, definitions, and requirements.
The Annex SL structure has been designed to share the same features across multiple standards. These include:
ISO Standards that can be included in an IMS
All new ISO management system standards will use Annex SL as the template for their structures. As older ISO management system standards come up for revision, they will all be brought in line with Annex SL as well.
ISO standards based on the Annex SL structure that Certification Europe offer certification services for include:
Quality Management Systems
Environmental Management Systems
Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems
Information Security Management Systems
Energy Management Systems
Event Sustainability Management Systems
IT Asset Management Systems
Business Continuity Management Systems
Key Components of an IMS
Multiple Standard Integration
Integrate multiple standards together, for example QEHS.
Regularly assess and enhance your management systems with ease.
Integrated assessments by your Certification Body involve less resources and save time.
Align and harmonise processes and procedures across different departments and systems.
One set of documents, policies and procedures which apply to all management systems.
Identify and manage risks and opportunities, addressing not only compliance, but strategic objectives.
Ensure long-term relevance and effectiveness through your IMS being adaptable to changes in standards and organisational needs.
Centralise certain functions, such as document control, training and reporting, to minimise administrative overhead.
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