An integrated management system (IMS) combines all related components of a business into one system for easier management and operations. Quality, Environmental, and Safety management systems are often combined and managed as an IMS. These systems are not seperate systems that are later joined together, rather they are integrated with linkages so that similar processes are seamlessly managed and executed without duplication.
As a part of gaining an ISO certification it is important to have a good quality management system that not only meets the standards of the certification, but it will also improve business processes.
Why should management systems be integrated?
Be consistent within the organization.
Improve internal and external communication.
Avoid duplication and gain cost savings.
Expose conflicting objectives.
Identify and rationalise conflicting responsibilities and relationships.
Gain a structured balance of authority/power.
Focus organization onto business goals.
Create a formalisation of informal systems.
Harmonise and optimise practices.
Identify and facilitate staff training and development