ISO’s useful guide to integrating management system standards, which refers to both the most common ISO standards and non-ISO standards, has just been updated. What does this mean for organisations adhering to these standards?

The update is meant to address the increasing needs and demands of more organisations across various industries of improving performance, quality, energy and environmental efficiency with the use of integrated management systems.

The need to update system standards comes as a result of the complex environments and challenges organisations face today. Most companies employ one or more management systems that require continual improvement and compliance with evolving regulatory frameworks.

For this reason, ISO provides updates to help guide organisations through effective management system designed to integrate processes, and better respond to market changes. The updates reflect the vast number of changes to both ISO and non-ISO standards.

Our Integrated Management System (MSX) merges all organizational systems and processes in to one common cohesive framework that drives business excellence and ensures continual improvement. MSX enables business leadership to view management performance across the business activities and assists leaders to make informed actionable decisions.

The guidebook The integrated use of management system standards brings international expertise, diverse industry case extracts and implementations, and best-practice guidance on integrating management system standards.

The most popular management system standards regularly being updated include ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 50001 (energy), ISO 14001 (environment), organisational health and safety (ISO 45001), food safety (ISO 22000), and information technology (ISO 27001).

Management system standards have an impact on many different aspects and functions of an organisation and, increasingly, companies have more than one. Any integrated management system will support one or adhere to a combination of these.

Integrated management systems help ensure business systems and processes are in line with organisational objectives and help companies maintain their business model through ever-changing environments.

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