Integrated Management Systems

Integrated Management Systems

Many companies now hold certification to individual standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001.  For those organisations that effectively combine these management system standards into an aligned or fully ‘integrated’ system, CARES Integrated Management System certification is possible.

ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 are all based on Annex SL (ISO high level structure) overarching by a common framework to all management systems which consistently aligns different management system standards, meanwhile additional discipline-specific requirements are applicable to each relevant management system standard under the top-level structure and apply common language across all standards. With these new standards in place, organizations will find it easier to incorporate their management systems into the core business processes and get more involvement from senior management.

The integrated approach stretches far beyond simply placing several sets of procedures into one manual. It is about operating a single management system that complies with the requirements of several standards and effectively meeting the requirements of these whilst gaining advantage by utilising the common system.

How do you achieve certification?

Firms wishing to achieve integrated management system certification must operate in accordance with the documented quality management system requirements of ISO9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001.

Firms that wish to embark on the path to integrated management systems certification can contact CARES to obtain some guidance on how to proceed.

The assessment procedure commences with a detailed review of the Management System Manual(s) against the requirements of each relevant standard. Providing the Management System Manual meets the requirements, a two stage assessment of the firm’s system is carried out. The assessment team may comprise one or more auditors depending upon the size and complexity of the firm's activities. After a successful assessment and the payment of fees Certificate of Approvals will be issued.

Why choose CARES?

Achieving Integrated Management System certification requires considerable effort and commitment from a company. CARES provides free marketing support to promote successful certification and allows a certificated firm to display the relevant CARES "quality mark" and “management system certification mark” on publicity and stationery. All Approved companies are automatically included in the CARES Approved Firms section of this website.

Having invested so much in an Integrated Management System, please entrust an assessment to a certification body that understands the product, processes and supply chain.