Integrated Management Systems – Learn About Integrated Management Systems

What are Integrated Management Systems?
An Integrated Management System (IMS) combines more than one management system. The combination could be ISO 9001 QMS/ISO 14001 EMS, ISO 9001 QMS/ISO 45001 OHSMS, ISO 14001 EMS/ISO 45001 OHSMS and ISO 9001 QMS/ISO 14001 EMS/ISO 45001OHSMS. The other management systems such as the Information Security Management System and Risk Management System can also be part of IMS. The acronyms used are QHSE, QEHS, HSE, EHS etc.

Integrated Management System is also called Combined Management System. Integrated Management System/Systems have been gaining popularity since 2015 when ISO introduced High Level Structure HLS Annex SL. This Annex SL structure simplifies the implementation of multiple standards within an organization. The aim of Annex SL is to create consistency and alignment between ISO’s various management standards into an Integrated Management System. This creates efficiencies when integrating two or more standards.