Integrated Management Systems (IMS)
An integrated audit is an audit of an organization’s management system(s) against two or more sets of audit criteria/standards conducted at the same time. An Integrated Management System (IMS) results when an organization uses one management system to manage multiple aspects of organizational performance, to meet the requirements of more than one management system standard.
DQS Inc. offers Integrated Management System audits where elements of separate systems are functionally interconnected and integrated. It is a very effective way of obtaining another ISO certification or meeting more than one standard by using your current certification. DQS Inc. has the global resources and more than 2,300 highly skilled auditors and leading industry experts with the knowledge and expertise to help make integrated audits easy and beneficial to your organization.
Integrated Audit Advantages:
• Reduced onsite auditing time for common elements and personnel
• Consistency of management goals and management system goals
• Eliminates duplication among internal audits, for better business efficiency
• Reduced travel and living expenses
Example of standards that can be combined are: ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. The High Level Structure developed by the ISO Technical Board in Annex SL for the 2015 versions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 provides common wording across many of the elements, which will make integration easier to implement.