Where a company is committed to achieving certification to more than one standard, an Integrated Management System (IMS) is the simplest and most efficient solution. An IMS allows the requirements of multiple recognised standards to be met through a single unified management system, rather than maintaining multiple systems.
The main standards which are usually combined to form an IMS are:
An IMS can be formed from any two of the above standards and can also be integrated with the following standards:
The Benefits of an IMS can be summarised as Competitiveness, Costs and Reputation. The many benefits include: