Integrated Management System (joint implementation of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 18001 standard requirements)

The concept of integrating these several management systems into a single one (IMS - integrated management system) is used to improve the managing of an organizations as a whole. Integrating the management systems is an excellent opportunity to improve organization’s effectivity.

The benefits of implementing the IMS

Organizations usually choose to implement their IMS for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Adapting the existing management system to comply with various standards is both cheaper and more efficient than designing and implementing all of the management systems separately;
  • Integrating the management systems enables better day-to-day results, thus reducing the need for top management intervention, and leaving space for strategic activities;
  • IMS ensures personnel participation in the implementation process, reduces the crossfunctional conflicts and generally raises the personnel morale and motivation;
  • Attention, dedication and participation of the top management are more probable when dealing with integrated goals, resources and measures available. This is especially true in cases of joint management system reviews;
  • Integrating the IMS goals and programmes is easier and more effective than pursuing the goals of every MS by itself;
  • Managing and maintaining the system saves time and money by integrating the auditing, verification, valorization and reviewing activities;
  • Planning the continual improvement by including several aspects yealded better results than planning many different improvement activities;
  • Re-engeneering the processes in the IMS is both cheaper and more effective than re-engeneering the processes inherent to a single management system;
  • Internal audits are both cheaper and simpler for the IMS;
  • Gaining customers trust and building a positive public image is much easier with the IMS;
  • Integrating the management systems enables better management control than while managing each system on its own;
  • Optimization of the priorities is imminent with one management representative being in charge with all the IMS matters;
  • A single training plan for the IMS saves time and money, at the same time ruling out the confusion that may arise from different management systems planning their training activities at the same time.

Tekon helped a considerable number of organizations implement and certify their IMS according to the requirements of the aforementioned standards.