We are talking about an integrated management system when the requirements of several standards are consolidated in one integrated policy that rules the organisation’s processes in one manual and procedure system.
Management audits and internal audits are conducted uniformly, and of course, corrective, preventive actions serving the organisation’s continuous development are gathered in one place.
In the past companies used to implement management systems individually, trying to comply process requirements independently, which resulted overlaps and running into contradictions.
This fragmentation can be eliminated by an integrated certification that handles all company goals at the same time, regardless of which management system is involved. It is not easy to meet the requirements of several management systems at the same time in business, but if it is achieved, it can have multiple benefits on the organizational efficiency and can reduce the costs of external audits and the operational disruptions they cause.
Further benefit of an integrated management system is that it is visible to external parties: a company that uses an integrated management system is committed to better performance while maintaining cost-effectiveness, employee and customer satisfaction, and continuous improvement.
When to choose an integrated certification?
Every time an organisation wants to implement more management systems at the same time, there is possibility to conduct an integrated audit. The integrated audit is a well-established practice, which is also increasingly supported by the development and renewal of standards, as well as the implementing and certifying organisations.
An integrated audit also means of course time and cost savings for both, the certifying and the requesting organisation.
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