What is integrated management systems certification?

An integrated management system for certification is when at least two different systems are combined while still complying with the particular requirements of each certification standard.

Management systems are often set up one at a time. As a result, they operate in isolation, often to different aims and timetables and sometimes in conflict. Ideally, these systems should be integrated and work together to meet all of the business objectives.

BM TRADA offer integrated management system audits - where one audit covers a single management system which fully or partially integrates more than one management system standard into a single set of policies, procedures and processes.

By using this approach you can achieve efficiencies that would not be possible by considering each management system separately. Having them work together means you are continually improving. 

The aim is to streamline processes even further and avoid duplication without compromising the individual systems. The integrated system must comply with the requirements of the individual certification standards to maintain effectiveness.

Which management systems can be integrated?

A combination of quality (ISO 9001), environmental (ISO 14001) and health and safety management systems (ISO 45001) is the most common because these apply to all businesses. They work to the same high level structure known as Annex SL. 

We can offer any combination of these systems as well as combinations including a wide range of other systems. We will discuss your individual needs and build an audit program that delivers your certification in the most efficient way.

The benefits of integrated management systems certification

Having your integrated management systems independently certified by us will demonstrate your commitment to aligning your processes and procedures into a logical structure, which ensures your operations run smoothly and efficiently.

Specifically integrated management systems certification will:

  • Streamline the business into a single framework which benefits the whole organization
  • Reduce conflict between separate business systems
  • Reduce duplication, documentation and audit time
  • Improve efficiency and reduce costs
  • Improve internal and external communication as teams and processes become more closely aligned

The BM TRADA Integrated management systems certification assessment process

Integrated Management Systems Give you Strong Foundations

Integrating management systems allows your organization to optimize processes and resources, potentially saving both time and money and building a strong foundation for progression.