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Management System Framework – Generic

More and more organizations are integrating their management systems and, as a result, the framework for management systems needs to be standardized. ISO/TMB (Technical Management Board) produced the Annex SL (previously known as ISO Guide 83) in 2012 to help deliver consistent and compatible management system standards.

This generic management system framework will help eliminate duplications and confusions when integrating and certifying management systems, as they will all become consistent and, hopefully, use the same definitions.

All new or next-revision ISO management systems will be required to adhere to this generic management system framework within the next few years.

Standards are usually reviewed and revised every five years to keep them relevant and reflect changes in business requirements.

ISO management standards will, however, require additional discipline-specific requirements for management systems operations, which will be addressed in the upcoming revisions, such as quality, environment, energy, occupational health and safety, food safety, and information security. The Annex SL does not apply to ISO 19011, which is the Guideline for Auditing Management Systems.

The new quality management standard, ISO 9001:2015, is following this structure. This will impact companies that have their management systems in place meeting the previous revision, ISO 9001:2008, as they will need to align their management systems to this new structure and amend their organizations' manuals. It is expected that a three-year grace period will be given.

I have in the past ten plus years encouraged companies registered for quality management systems to look in to integrating their management system to include environment and health and safety. Zochem, Canada's largest zinc oxide manufacturer and a client of mine, received the first registration in North America by BSI in 2003 for an integrated management system.

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