Built to serve businesses, ISO 9001 and 14001 are robust systems designed to support quality and environmental management.
Concise, uniform structures make them ideal partners for working alongside each other. And thanks to their straightforward language, every member of your team will understand the business practices you put in place.
This means you can shape up your business, drive improvement, and enjoy the prestige of internationally-recognised Standards – and all without wasteful extra effort.
An Integrated Management System is essentially a set of pre-defined processes and procedures that help businesses to achieve best practice, particularly in the areas of quality, environmental impact and occupational health and safety.
Handling multiple ISOs in isolation can be inefficient and take up unnecessary time and resources. But by combining more than one ISO into an integrated system, you can tackle common elements all at the same time, freeing you up for other essential business.
At their core these two ISOs boast a common framework, known as the Annex SL structure, which means their clauses are presented in the same order and format.
By integrating these ISOs, you can create a single documented and managed system. This allows you to easily implement changes and improvements across your business, minimising the possibility of negative impacts later down the line.
Plan: Owners are clearly defined; leaders take responsibility and processes are documented and well communicated.
Do: Training needs are identified and met, while resources are effectively allocated during operation.
Check: Regular checks are carried out to inspect the system’s effectiveness, with risks and failings identified and documented.
Act: Beneficial improvements are rolled out through the single, integrated system and excellence is achieved through compliance best practice insights.
By reducing the time it takes to manage compliance across a range of areas and employing just one IMS manager, you can take control of excellence and enhance deliverability.
You will also gain control of your compliance 24/7 through our digital management system platform, QMS Connect. This comes with the additional benefits of built-in document controls, digital templates and automated task management.
The ISO 9001 Quality Management System shares plenty of crossovers with the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. In addition to a strong customer focus and the implementation of effective business practices for consistency and quality, the roles of leaders and the need for monitoring and assessment are required by both
For more detail, see the table below.
Of course, it is also possible to combine other ISOs that share the common Annex SL structure. To find out more, visit our dedicated pages on the ISO 9001 and ISO 45001 integrated system and the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and 45001 integrated package.
With an Integrated Management System, your processes will work together so that each function is aligned and can contribute to one shared goal: improving your overall performance.
Thanks to one set of documentation, policies, procedures and processes for all Standards, you can also reduce risks and increase profitability.
Find out how much an Integrated Management System would cost your business by using our fee calculator.
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With the help of QMS, the certification process can take as little as 45 days to complete
A QMS Consultant will visit your Organisation to review and document your current processes and procedures, highlighting any areas that do not meet the requirements of the Standard.
Now its time to make sure any required process or procedural changes are made, as highlighted in the Review. QMS can provide templates to assist you in doing this.
An Auditor must now visit your Organisation to check that the documented processed are being followed and that the necessary changes have been made. Once they are satisfied, you will be rewarded with your certification.
Once you have achieved certification the certification cycle will commence. This is made up of surveillance and re-certification audits, one of which must take place each year, around the anniversary of your certification. These visits confirm your continued compliance with the Standard and verify the validity of your certification.