What is Integrated Management System?

An Integrated Management System integrates all of an organisation’s systems and processes into one complete framework enabling the organisation to work with unified objectives. This system has many benefits for those organisations that are looking to integrate one or more of their management systems into one cohesive system.

ISO 9001, ISO 27001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 are compatible and those companies looking to implement more than one standard will benefit from reduced costs by having an integrated management system.

How long will it take to get ISO certification?

This depends on the size and functions of your business, your involvement and commitment. It also depends on how many requirements of ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 or ISO 27001 are already in place. Addressing the requirements of ISO standards and implementing any necessary improvements is typically carried out over a period of approximately 6 months. This gives you time to develop and keep the necessary records, review manuals and processes before the final assessment by UKAS accredited certification body. ISO 27001 is far more challenging and brings additional requirements, thereby may take 2 to 3 months longer.

What is UKAS accredited certification body?

UKAS is the United Kingdom Accreditation Service is the sole national accreditation body recognised by government to assess against internationally agreed standards. Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of these certification bodies such as BSI, LRQA, SGS, ISOQAR, ACS Registrar etc... Be aware, there are some organisations that offer certification to ISO 27001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 but have not been accredited by UKAS. Such organisations claim to be cheap but add no real recognition for your business and will not qualify in tenders.

How can you tell if an assessment body is UKAS accredited certification body?

UKAS accredited certification bodies can be recognised by the use of the royal crown in their accreditation mark. An up to date list of UKAS accredited certification bodies can be found on www.ukas.com.

How many days per month will be required to implement and achieve ISO 9001?

This depends on how much of the function you decide to sub-contract. One day a week upto the final assessment is a usual arrangement.

How will my certification body react to using a Consultant?

Using a Consultant for all or part of the ISO project is accepted and approved by all the major certification bodies.