Integrated management system (IMS) is a combination of at least two management systems (subsystems) of the organization, oriented to the different interested parties and consequently meeting the requirements/recommendations of (national, international) standards (including technical specifications, etc.) for management systems with fully or partially combined elements operating in the organization as a whole.
In 2006 PAS-99:2006 “Publicly Available Specification. Specification of common management system requirements as a framework for integration” was released. In the same year Russian Register has developed normative document ND № 006.00–134 “Rules for the MS integration” based on international standards of MS integration and Russian Register’s experience in certification of organizations having several management systems (subsystems) based on ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001 and other standards. Normative document ND № 006.00–134 is close to the GOST R 53893–2010 “Guidelines and requirements for integrated management systems”, which was published in 2010.
Benefits of implementation and certification
Implementation and further certification/assessment of integrated management system will allow the organization to:
- increase efficient use of resources by reducing the costs of developing, operating and certification of integrated management system, compared to the total cost for several independent management systems (reducing the number of developed system documents, avoid duplication of processes, etc.);
- ensure concerted action within the organization, minimize functional dissociation that occurs during the development of autonomous management systems and avoid duplication of formalities;
- create conditions for reducing the conflicts between different management systems of the organization due to unified policies, goals and objectives;
- ensure continual improvement of the organization;
- decrease management risks through considering by one unified system the consequences of any action and the associated risks;
- increase the satisfaction of potential customers, suppliers, investors and other interested parties;
- improve company image;
- increase intangible assets of the organization;
- increase staff motivation and create conditions for the corporate culture development by assuring that each employee understands their role in achieving the organization’s common objectives; by enhancing commitment and improving communication;
- reduce audit costs by reducing the number of audits needed.