Integrated Management Systems

Management systems can be integrated starting from their common requirements.

Due to the growing need from organizations to implement and obtain certification for two or more management system standards, efforts have been made to align the requirements of the standards so that integration is facilitated.

Until recently all management system standards shared a number of common requirements - they all required a documentation, they asked the organizations to perform internal audits and management reviews as well as to identify and treat nonconformities and implement corrective actions, among other elements. Those common elements were used as a basis for integration in case the organization needed to implement and certify more than one management system but, due to different terminology, structure and requirements the integration was not easy.

To address this problem, ISO developed the Annex SL that sets out the high level structure of all management system standards to be elaborated. This structure is applicable to all ISO standards as well as PAS (Publicly Available Specifications) and TS (Technical Specifications). New versions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 already use this high level structure.

To help organizations in the integration of management systems another tool is available - PAS 99. It has been developed by BSI (British Standards Institution) and the latest version was published in 2012. PAS 99 has been aligned to the high level structure of management system standards specified by Annex SL.