Principal Characteristics of an Integrated Management System

An integrated management system results when an organization uses one single management system to manage multiple aspects of organizational performance.

It is characterised by: 

  • Its scope will cover the totality of the organisation’s processes and systems and embrace health, safety, environment, security, human resource, finance, marketing, public relations, etc as relevant to the organisation’s values, operations and objectives. Management Reviews will consider the overall business strategy and plan.
  • Internal audits will be conducted for the whole business – not separately for each of the management standards
  • It is formally defined in a harmonised and consistent style appropriate for its purpose.
  • Replication of documentation is minimised while ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of the IMS.
  • It is structured to control and guide the organisation’s processes in the most effective and efficient way and does not slavishly follow that of a specific management standard or item of legislation.
  • Each component of the management system takes account of all of the other components as appropriate. It addresses all relevant stakeholder requirements defined via standards, legislation or other defined requirements.
  • An integrated approach to planning, with good use of business wide risk management approaches.
  • Unified management support and responsibilities.