Integrated Management Systems
Using a combined or integrated approach across all audit criteria will help you gain efficiencies that may not be achieved by auditing individual management systems.
Integrated management systems can be implemented by organizations in any sector and of any size. Organizations consider this step to lower costs and simplify their maturing management systems.
Intertek offers two ways for you to combine audits to multiple standards:
- A combined audit occurs when management system audits related to different audit criteria (standards) are conducted simultaneously.
- An integrated audit is the assessment of an integrated management system, which fully or partially integrates the requirements of different audit criteria with a single set of documentation, policies, procedures and processes.
Many organizations choose to combine audits to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, or ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Many other combinations are possible.
A combined or integrated audit can bring many benefits to your organization, such as: lower certification costs, fewer interruptions to the organization, reduced documentation, streamlined processes, and more consistent objectives across multiple systems.
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