IMS Full Form
The Full form of IMS is Integrated Management System. An Integrated Management System (IMS) integrates all related components of an organization’s systems and processes into one complete framework for easier management and operations. An IMS enables an organization to work as a single unit with unified objectives. The management systems that are often combined and managed as an IMS are Quality (QMS), Environmental (EMS) and Safety (OHS). These are not separate systems joined together, rather they are integrated with linkages so that similar processes are seamlessly managed and executed without duplication. For example, a quality team is concerned with the QMS, often an OHS manager handles both Environmental and Safety issues, etc. The main advantage of having a truly integrated management system is that there are elements of all three Standards that are similar or the same, all three Standards have a document control requirement, the control of records is specified in all three, all three have a requirement for internal auditing etc.