Integrated Management Systems

A single management system standard covers in its scope only one particular part of an organisation's management. Therefore it is clear that if an organisation adopted them all, its entire management system would improve.

Presently, the ISO 9001 standard for quality management systems is considered to be the fundamental management system standard. It is also the basis for other management system standards that supplement it and extend its scope. However, the decision by an organisation as to which of the existing management system standards to apply for apart from the ISO 9001 should be based on the type and nature of its activity.

Organisations that with their activities, products or services significantly affect the environment should introduce the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management system. If they operate in the field of information management or data management, they can apply one of the information standards (ISO/IEC 27001, Qweb). Those involved in the entire food chain should implement the HACCP system or ISO 22000 standard. If their employees perform work where they are exposed to high risks for their health, or the possibility of injury is high, organisations should apply the BS OHSAS 18001 standard. Organisations supplying products to the automotive industry can apply for one of that industry's standards like ISO/TS 16949, while those manufacturing or supplying medical devices could implement, for example, the ISO 13485 standard.

An organisation may, if appropriate, upgrade its quality management system with more than one additional management system.