Advantages of IMS

The main advantage of having a truly integrated system is that there are elements of all three Standards that are similar or the same:

  • All three Standards have a document control requirement
  • The control of records is specified in all three
  • Training, competence and awareness is seen in all three
  • All three have a requirement for internal auditing
  • Management review is seen as critical for all three
  • Standards Monitoring and measuring devices are referred to in each
  • Continual improvement is key to all three
  • Corrective and Preventative Action are major requirements

An IMS can therefore reduce the auditing time on site because some elements only need to be verified once rather than for each separate management system. BY avoiding duplication of systems it should also lead to a more efficient management process.