Can the Quality and Environmental Management Systems be integrated into one system?
Yes, that can easily be done whether you already have your QMS in place or you are starting new. Integration of the EMS and the QMS can result in a substantial cost saving for your organization.
With recent revisions and upgrades, the ISO standards have become more compatible with each other. For example, in the foreword of the ISO 9001 standard it is stated that the year 2008 revision provides compatibility with ISO 14001.
The good news is that the two systems can be integrated because they are ccompatible with content, terminology & many of the requirements.
The common requirements for at least (8) core areas:
• Document Control,
• Control of Records,
• Responsibility and Authority,
• Management Review,
• Training, Competency, Awareness,
• Internal Audit,
• Corrective and Preventive Actions,
• Infrastructure and Work Environment.
In addition the two systems support each other with operational requirements for:
• Design & Development,
• Purchasing & Outsourcing,
• Process Control, Special Processes,
• Customer Property,
• Control of Measuring equipment, and
• Others, depending on nature of the business, such as: Incoming Inspection / Inventory control / Identification and traceability, etc.
Here is a free comparison of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001: http://www.14000store.com/compare-ISO-9001-and-ISO-14001.html
Do you want to receive an integrated ISO 9001/14001 Certification? Step up and lead your industry by using the right combination of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 products for an integrated QMS/EMS System. Here are the basic steps:
The Steps in integrating the ISO 14001 EMS with an existing QMS
The following is intended to provide a generic approach and guidelines for the integration of the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) into an existing Quality Management System (QMS).