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Certification of IMS

Integrated management system (IMS), being part of a general organization management, complies with two or more international system standards and functions as an integrated whole.

The most popular IMS model is the so-called additive one (from lat. — additio i.e. addition), whereby environmental management system ISO 14001 and professional safety and health system OHSAH 18001 are consecutively added to the quality management system ISO 9001 which is the basic system.

Maximally integrated management systems have a number of obvious advantages, including the following:

  • IMS ensures better coordination of action within an organization and in this case the overall result of the coordinated actions is higher than just a sum of separate results.
  • an integrated system minimizes siloed functionality in the organization that may occur as a result of the development of separate management systems.
  • it is generally easier to create a IMS than several parallel systems.
  • the amount of documents in IMS is considerably less than the total amount of documents in several parallel systems;
  • in IMS, personnel is more involved in the improvement of the organization?s activity;
  • expenses for development, operation and certification of IMS are less than total expenses of several management systems.

Audit of integrated management system

Audits are an essential part of assessment of IMS conformance to requirements.
Audit requirements are defined in GOST P ISO 19011-2003 Audit guidelines for quality management systems and\or environmental management systems.

Audits can be:

  • internal (first side audits), conducted by the organization?s experts or invited specialists to analyze the effectiveness of organization?s management system and its compliance with the specified requirements;
  • external (second or third party audits), conducted by external organizations when certifying\registering management systems

When implementing integrated management system (IMS) of different configurations, the organization itself makes a decision as to whether to perform separate audits for different management systems, included into the corresponding IMS configuration, or conduct a complex IMS audit.