INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

 

The implementation and certification of an integrated management system represents the optimal solution for organization aiming to implement and certify management systems in conformity with two or more management system standards.

 

Most popular solutions for the integration of management systems are: quality – environmental integrated management system in conformity with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 as well as quality – environment – health and safety management system according to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, respectively. Besides the use of the standards mentioned above it is possible to integrate management systems for a large variety of standards including the ones regarding food safety, energy management or information security.

 

The principle of implementation of an integrated management system is represented by the identification of the common requirements of the management system standards (i.e. internal auditing, management review, corrective actions) and the use of those common requirements as the basis for the development of the integrated system. Besides this common basis the specific elements of the management system standards are documented and implemented.

 

One benefit of the integrated management systems is the facilitation of their administration within the organization.

In terms of auditing and certification, the evaluation of the integrated management systems is perfomed in a single audit for the integrated system which represents an advantage for the client organization.

 

According to the new approach of ISO regarding the management system standards structure, respectively the HLS (High Level Structure) described in SL Annex (previously ISO Guide 83), the integration of the management systems will be facilitated as the management system standards will follow the same structure, terms and definitions.

 

In 2015, ISO will publish the new versions of the most popular management system standards in the wold, respectively ISO 9001:2015 si ISO 14001:2015. The structure of the new standards will follow the provisions of the SL Annex facilitating their integration.