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Integrated Management System

What is IMS Integrated Management System?

An integrated management system (IMS) refers to the integration of several different standards into a common system that meets the requirements of each standard. It allows the organization to work as a unit with defined goals.

An integrated management system (IMS) combines all aspects of an organization’s systems, processes, and standards into one intelligent system. This integration allows a business to simplify its management, save time and increase efficiency by addressing all elements of the management system.


IMS is a combination of what standards?

Nowadays, it is very common to consider IMS as a combination of ISO 9001, 14001, and 45001 standards. It is worth noting that an integrated management system extends beyond these three standards.

When an organization tries to implement several ISO standards, inappropriate progress and some overlapping standards cause problems in the organization. From increasing the amount of work to conducting various audits and creating various costs, these difficulties can result in decreased productivity.

Therefore, to facilitate this process, certification companies created a system called PASS99 that helps organizations integrate different standards.

The IMS standard is also in the category of Pass99, which organizations use to integrate their standards.

Nevertheless, because organizations often take three widely used standards (9001, 14001, and 45001), the integrated system is also known for these three standards, but this combination can also be a combination of two standards (9001 and 22000) or a series of standards. 10000 is like 10002 and 10004.

What are the benefits of IMS?

If implemented properly, an integrated management system can be very valuable for an organization.

Some of the benefits of IMS include:

If implemented properly, an integrated management system can be very valuable for an organization.
Some of the benefits of IMS include:

1- A set of policies and procedures that ensure consistency and compliance with all the requirements of the standards.

2-Systems integration removes complexity. With aligned systems and common processes, you can make your procedures more logical and coherent. It becomes easier to control the documents and by combining the documents, you can have a smaller number of documents. Training can be integrated.

3-Increasing efficiency and effectiveness.
Simple procedures and continuous improvement lead to increased quality, health, and safety. These factors will increase the productivity of the organization and the progress of your business.

4-Reduced costs associated with audits
Integrated management with common tasks and processes means that the costs and time required to implement and maintain your system can be reduced. By conducting only one audit and one management review, you can save time and money, and senior staff can focus on other essential tasks.

5-Commitment to continuous improvement for the entire organization
Provide a uniform and clear picture of the entire organization
Rework reduces bureaucracy and maximizes resources.
It reduces redundancies. For example, there is no need to write several policies or regulations.
It increases the time available to management to implement preventive measures.
Internal audits and management meetings are held centrally, and managers spend less time in meetings.
Multiple audits are eliminated, and the organization does not need to be re-audited for each standard.
Improve internal and external communication.

IMS integrated management system implementation tips

When integrating several standards into one system, the organization must consider certain things:

* Choose standards for integration in the IMS that could integrate; Therefore, when choosing standards for IMS implementation, look for commonalities between different management system standards, for example, the Plan-Do-Check-Act approach to managing and controlling processes.

* Any action taken must be consistent with the purpose of the system. For example, does it help achieve the business plan, and does it match the size and complexity of the organization? Before creating extensively documented procedures, compatibility with organizational culture and procedures should be considered.

*IMS implementation can have a significant impact on the way the organization’s business processes function and are managed.

Why integrating ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001?

All three of these ISOs have an Annex SL structure, meaning they share a common structure of 10 clauses.

As a result, they can work very well in the composition of an integrated system. This means that changes and improvements to your business practices can be made throughout your organization with less effort.

With only one system to monitor, a single manager can take control to ensure that the focus remains on excellence.

The International Federation of ISO develops ISO management systems that follow a common structure with a common set of guidelines. Generally, in organizations that establish several standards at the same time, ISO 9001 is usually chosen as the interface between the standards. The integrated management system or IMS. This system consists of three standards: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001.

IMS is a None-Accredit certificate, this certificate shows that the organization has correctly established all three certificates 9001, 14001, and 45001 in its collection, defined the ISO 9001 quality management system as a joint chapter, and the general clauses of the standard 9001 include the requirements of ISO14001, ISO45001.

Is it enough to have an IMS certificate so that an organization does not want to receive separate certificates?

Organizations to receive IMS certification must fully establish all three required standards, and all clauses of all three standards are checked in a third-party audit.

*One of the values ​​of ISO certificates is accreditation.

* The IMS certificate only verifies the integrity of management systems and does not replace other certificates in any way.

What are the integrated management system options provided by ISO Consult Center?

A) ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

This IMS combines the quality management system with the environmental management system. In addition to a strong focus on the customer and the implementation of effective business practices for consistency and quality, the role of leaders and the need to monitor and evaluate both are required.


B) ISO 9001 and ISO 45001*

This IMS integrates the quality management system with the occupational health and safety management system. To achieve both, you must demonstrate how you intend to improve, implement operations to measure and improve your management system and monitor and evaluate your business practices.


C) ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001*

For a fully functional system that meets all of your core ISO management needs, you can combine a quality management system, an environmental management system, and an occupational health and safety management system.

All these compounds work together because of the common structure of Annex SL, which means that they have many similarities that can make them easier to manage. Plain language also makes them easier to implement and ensures that your team members know what to do.

This gives you more room to focus on continuous improvement in a range of critical areas without wasting unnecessary time and resources.


An integrated management system is made up of a set of pre-defined processes and procedures, to guide businesses toward more flexible business practices, including in the areas of quality, environmental impact, and occupational health and safety. Is.

While it’s perfectly possible to maintain multiple ISOs separately, combining them can reduce inefficiencies and waste precious time and resources, which means less work for you.

As a special offer to medical engineering companies, we provide an integrated management system as follows.


D) ISO 13485, ISO 9001

The ISO 13485 standard is a quality management system for medical equipment.

Medical engineering companies in Iran must obtain ISO 13485 certification to operate in this field.

ISO Consult Center’s special offer to medical engineering companies is to benefit from an integrated management system. In this way, you achieve organizational goals by reducing rework and reducing costs.


E) ISO 13485, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001

This integrated management system (IMS) combines all the related components of various management systems into one coherent unit. With this integrated management system combination, your organization can work smarter to meet the demands of multiple stakeholders such as employees, investors, and consumers, as well as legal requirements.


As a result of the process view that is emphasized in all management standards, as well as the kind of inactivity demand that separates and isolates inactivity from one another, when an organization obtains an IMS certificate, it represents a kind of integration and homogeneity of its system. Prove it with a third-party audit.