Background of integrated systems auditing
Integrated management systems (IMS) certification is a holistic approach that combines multiple aspects of an organisation’s performance in order to meet the requirements of several management system standards. These include standards such as ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management), ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety), ISO 27001 (Information Security) and ISO 50001 (energy management). With integrated management systems, organisations can develop and implement a single solution that controls all of the following:
- Risks and opportunities for product & services,
- Customer requirements and satisfaction,
- Environmental impacts,
- Health and safety hazards,
- Information security integrity.
With this integrated approach, much of what is needed from the management team can now be done under one umbrella, and top management can now take a broader view of their organisation whilst undertaking the following activities:
- Assessments of risks and opportunities,
- Internal audits,
- Management reviews,
- Continual improvement.
The end result is that:
- The organisation can now be managed using joined-up thinking.
- Auditing models can be revised to provide a much broader remit, but with fewer audits.
- KPI’s & SMART objectives can now become more aligned.