An Integrated Management System (IMS) is a single system incorporating the requirements of two or more auditable standards. Organisations often focus on management systems individually, often in silos and sometimes even in conflict. IMS integrates all of an organisation’s systems and processes into one complete framework, enabling an organisation to work as a single unit with unified objectives. IMS can benefit through increased efficiency and cost reduction while minimising the disruption caused by several external audits. It also shows your commitment to increased performance, employee and customer satisfaction and continuous improvement. Some of the benefits of an IMS can be summarised as below;

  • Improved performance
  • Eliminating redundancies
  • Accountability
  • Reducing bureaucracy
  • Cost reduction
  • Optimise resources and processes
  • Reduced maintenance
  • Integrated audits
  • Facilitating decision making

What does an IMS consist of?

Integrated Management Systems can include;

  • QMS – Quality Management System (ISO 9001)
  • EMS – Environmental Management System (ISO 14001)
  • SMS – Safety Management System (AS/NZS 4801 / ISO 45001)
  • EnMS – Energy Management System (ISO 5001)
  • FSMS – Food Safety Management System (ISO 22000)
  • ISMS – Information Security Management System (ISO 27000)

Benefits of integrated management systems

  • It provides value for money – one document set to administrate
  • Bespoke management system that reflects your unique operational needs
  • Upskilled and better engaged staff
  • Provides a unique selling proposition – win more work through operating at the highest standards